Car Museum

Car Museum

  Do not neglect your local car museum, they are a must stop for any car fans. Some of them are so amazing they are worthy of a special trip.

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The original Dodge Charger had been somewhat of a failure for Chrysler. It sold in large numbers to the public, but remained without a win in racing. The year 1969 was the time Chrysler and Dodge Dodge decided to pull out all the stops and turn the Challenger into a formidable racing machine. What emerged was the Dayton model that looked like a mix between an airplane and the original Charger .

This #6 car for sale through Canepa Design holds a special place in the racing record books, being the first car to break the 200mph mark. The car led that race for over 100 laps until another car put it into a spin knocking it out of the race. These 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona models are very rare and sought after by collectors. Even fewer were built with the Hemi engine such as this car and none have the same race history. If you would like to own a piece of history than expect to pay over six figures when this car hits the block.

Hit the jump for more details on the Dodge Charger Daytona.

Source: Canepa
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As Mercedes-Benz celebrates its 125th anniversary, the automotive world as a whole should take the time to step back and look at its roots. With the technological wonders that roll out of a Mercedes factory day to day it would be hard for any of us to fully understand a time when a short trip into town would be a true journey. A horse and buggy, as well as the Railroad reigned supreme before the turn of the century and Karl Benz was about to change everything. The brilliance of an aspiring inventor and the realization of a dream led to the creation of the first automobile.

The mating of the internal combustion engine to a chassis built from the ground up was the basic formula for creating an automobile. New creations beyond the engine itself and obstacles that were not able to be overcome in the initial product - both came together to become the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

Mercedes corporate has been celebrating in style, “Exactly 125 years to the day after Carl Benz registered his “vehicle with gas-engine drive” in 1886, Daimler AG has celebrated the anniversary of the automobile. Approximately 1,400 invited guests were hosted by the inventor of the automobile at the Mercedes-Benz World in Stuttgart, with guests of honor including the German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel.”

Hit the jump for more details on the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

Source: Mercedes

After making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder Concept is on its way to the Museum of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen where it will be displayed starting October 1 through 7, 2010.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT .

Press release after the jump.

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Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces , 574 Mercedes-Benzes , 452Ferraris , 382 Bentleys , 209 BMWs , 179 Jaguars , 134 Koenigseggs , 21 Lamborghinis , 11 Aston Martins , and 1 SSC .

Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.

If you were to put up a museum to house the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, chances are you’d put it up somewhere in England where the fictitious secret agent lived. If not London, there are plenty of metropolitan areas around the world that would step up to the plate. You know, cities like Paris, New York, Munich, Monte Carlo, or even Moscow.

But instead of those cities, the Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage will be built in Momence, Illinois. Excuse us if this caught us off guard a little bit, but apparently, that small town in the heart of rural Illinois where only about 3,000 folks live will also be called the home of James Bond’s most prestigious custom vehicles.

Even if the site was given full blessing by the Ian Fleming Foundation, which if you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that these people would have thought of a more appropriate place to put such a fine collection of entertainment memorabilia. Of course, as it turns out, the location may not be all that absurd considering that the man who owns most of these vehicles, Doug Redenius, is not only the vice-president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, but also calls Momence, Illinois home.

Now that we’ve justified the location – somewhat, at least – let’s dive into what to expect from the museum. From what we’ve gathered, the site will rise from an old car dealership and the Bond-stamped vehicles scheduled to be displayed include the famous Lotus Espirit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as the now famous Aston Martin Volante that stole the show in The Living Daylights. More cars are scheduled to be displayed and we’ll keep you posted as soon as more information becomes available.

Source: FastCoDesign
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Ten years in the making and many disputes with developers and state and local governments later, the LeMay Museum has finally broken ground as of last week. Fitted with a budget of about $100 million and a timeline of 18 months until completion, the LeMay Museum will bring to light the astounding collection of Harold E. LeMay, founder of a waste management business in the state of Washington.

Harold E. LeMay was able to collect about 3,000 cars during his lifetime which is deemed the largest collection of its kind by the Guiness Book of World Records. In 1998, LeMay founded the LeMay Museum with the intentions of displaying his marvelous collection for all to see. Unfortunately, Harold LeMay was unable to see the completion, or even the start for that matter, of his museum before his death in 2000. Of course, as they say, behind a great man there is a wonderful woman and following his death, LeMay’s wife, Nancy, took on the project. With her many fundraising efforts, Nancy LeMay was able to allocate $15 million of her own along with $11 million from the state of Washington, and $1.6 million from AAA car club.

The design for the museum consists of a spiraling display ramp and lots of chrome and glass featuring 500 of LeMay’s classic automobiles sitting on nine acres. Retail shops, dining, and entertainment venues will also take up shop on this parcel of land. Developers project a total of about 425,000 visitors and $34 million in revenue per year.

Among his collection of 3,000 automobiles, LeMay has a 1916 Buick Abadal, a 1924 Lincoln L Towncar , a 1929 Ford Model AA, a 1950 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible, a 1959 Chrysler 300E, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12, and just about everything in between.

Source: NYTimes
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We have an idea! Let’s take aPorsche and chop it down the middle just to see what it would look like! Sound crazy? That’s because it is! We will admit to not understanding certain elements of art, but we think the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has gone way too far. They not only sliced one, but many Porsches as a sick and twisted demonstration of the inner workings of this beautiful beast.

Okay, let’s regain some sort of composure here. Give us a second.
Now, albeit insanely demonic, the “modified” Porsches do serve an educational inside look at the design stages of building a Porsche. This exhibit consists of various stations that start with the clay models of the Porsche and end with the full on models being sliced open to reveal their guts. This artistic display even shows details such as the first aid kit and the seats being cut in half. The murder on display alone would not be highly educational, but the videos positioned at each station help that aspect with narrations of each stage of development.

Putting aside the immoral destruction of the galloping stud, this display may be kind of cool. It’s not every day you get to see this type of vehicle in such a different perspective. Of course, this is why we had to post these pictures for all to see. Tell us what you think.

Source: NotCot

Porsche fanatics – yes, we know that they are a lot of you – will be thrilled to know that the car Porsche considers as the “first ancestor of all Porsche sportscars” will be making its maiden voyage to the US where it will be prominently displayed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia from March 21 to June 20.

The car, of course, is the Porsche Type 64, which if you must know, was developed back in 1938, making it the predecessor of sorts for the fabled Porsche 356 . As a matter of fact, the Type 64 is so important to the history of the brand that just about every Porsche model created thereafter – from the 356 to the newest Porsche 911 - took its styling cues and construction methods from this very same car.

After being meticulously restored, the Type 64 sat in what Porsche describes as the “first and most prominent exhibit” since the company opened the new Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen last year. The three-month trip to the US marks the first time the car will leave its safe confines to be exhibited at the High Museum of Art’s ‘The Allure of the Automobile’ exhibit.

It’s pretty easy to surmise that the history of Porsche can be traced to this one car, which makes it even more compulsory for all Porsche enthusiasts in the US to make the pilgrimage to Atlanta to see up close and personal the car that has shaped Porsche – literally and figuratively – to become the brand that it is today.

Press Release after the jump

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has only been open for about 11 months but in that span, the museum has already attracted thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the world.

We don’t know how they kept count, but Porsche recently announced that they’ve just welcomed its 500,000th visitor to the Museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG – or Porsche Museum, so as not to confuse anyone.

It’s a remarkable achievement for Porsche , which only opened its new state-of-the-art museum 11 months ago on January 31 of this year. The Rosenberger family was bequeathed with the distinction of becoming visitor no. 500,000 and Porsche will award them so kindly with a free high-power test drive of the brand’s new flagship luxury sports car, the Panamera , for an entire weekend.

We figured that Porsche should just give them the car, but we don’t make that decision. Nonetheless, taking it home for an entire weekend for all your friends and neighbors to see is a pretty sweet deal in itself.

Porsche’s state-of-the-art museum in Stuttgart, Germany will have a special guest in the coming weeks in the form of the new 2010MY 911 Turbo. The exhibit, which will be held from November 21 to 29, will showcase the new 911 Turbo alongside some of its predecessors, in addition to the never-released prototype of the 911 Turbo, which, incidentally, was the same car that was used during the 911 ’s testing and development stage.

If the special exhibit isn’t enough to make Porsche enthusiasts wallop in excitement, the German automakers are also in the process of releasing a new coffee table book – the fourth one from Porsche’s in-house publishers – entitled, “Porsche Turbo Stories”.

The 224-page book will be available from the Porsche Museum shop for
around €15 in both English and German versions. The latest book from “Edition Porsche-Museum” chronicles the storied history of the 911 Turbo including the release of never-before seen photos of the sports car that were dusted off from the company’s archives. In addition to that, the book also highlights every 911 Turbo ever built – from the first 911 Turbo 3.0 that rolled off the lot in 1974 to the latest incarnation, which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

If you’re a Porsche fanatic and you happen to be near the area from the 21st to the 29th, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive the history of one of the most iconic cars of our time.

Source: Porsche

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