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.

We’ve seen a lot of exhibits done throughout the years of models made from the most random of objects. There’s been a Lego-made Empire State Building, an Eiffel Tower replica made from paperclips and a house of cards that was inevitably became the Taj Mahal.

What we haven’t seen though is someone create an actual replica of something using only Styrofoam. That is, until this week.

Michael Salter, a name many of us ought to become familiar with for his uncanny knack of producing life-sized replicas of objects using only Styrofoam. His latest work of art is a life-sized model of a Formula One car he made exclusively from styro scraps, wall paintings and digital drawings.

It seems easy to think about doing some of these things but when you see the actual product, you realize just how tough, not to mention tedious, a task like this can be.

Check out the photos to see Salter’s work of art, which by all accounts, is a virtual styro-masterpiece.

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Porsche’s old museum at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany used to follow the maxim "Small but good", and a visit there proved it. The whole museum and gift shop was located in a space that was about the size of most company’s boardrooms. The clear benefit to the small area was every piece featured was significant. The huge drawback was that everyone who saw that museum knew there was huge piece of the company’s history missing.

Porsche did not ignore this problem. It spent over two years building the new museum, which opened its doors on January 31, 2008. When we made the visit earlier this month it still had the new museum smell.

Porsche Museum visit

This is the ultimate destination for any Porsche fan. It not only houses all the significant pieces from the company’s history, but also concept cars that have been long forgotten. Ever wonder what Butzi’s original design was for the 911? (pictured right) Or what a long-wheelbase 911 would look like? (orange car in the picture gallery)

The new museum gives Porsche the room it deserves. The multi-story complex features road cars, racecars and even an observation area into the restoration facility. Porsche is a celebrated carmaker, and its finally got the showcase it deserves.

Of course anyone taking the time to travel to Stuttgart wants to see the factory complex surrounding the museum (trust me, it’s worth it). Unlike the Leipzig facility, Porsche’s home factory is not available to everyone and takes some planning ahead. A good start is making friends with the local Porsche dealer.

Plenty more pics in the picture gallery after the jump.

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After seeing the new GTIs fresh from the assembly line , it was time to see the rest of Volkswagen’s grounds at its Wolfsburg facility. Next to the factory at VW’s headquarters in Germany is an automotive theme park called the Autostadt. We’ll post a full breakdown shortly, but until then here’s a little teaser.

Back in November we saw a few pics from when VW upgraded its Bentley pavilion to become the "Premium Clubhouse". It now features this mirrored Bugatti. Although we may have seen the car before, we’re always looking for a good excuse to show it again.

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This is where bedroom wall posters come to life.

Galleria Ferrari is the official Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy. It isn’t the largest museum of all the supercar manufactures, but since it houses some of Ferrari’s rarest and most significant pieces, it is absolutely impressive. If Ferrari creates passion, than the Galleria Ferrari is an orgy.

Enzo Ferrari was known for only building road cars to support his racing interests. This is reflected in the museum, with over half of the space showcasing different forms of competition vehicles. But this doesn’t mean the Galleria Ferrari is a racing museum. This multi-story complex houses everything from classic F1 racecars to the California . As an added bonus, because much of Ferrari’s business is done in English-speaking countries, so all of the important historical information is also written in English.

The only problem with the museum is that it is too impressive. Because I got to spend time up close with an Enzo, 250 California , and all those racers, I got a little desensitized. I only realized after leaving the museum that I quickly passed over cars like the 550 and the 612 because they were just “regular” Ferraris.

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Located directly next to the subway and the 1972 Olympic village, the BMW complex is an easy day trip from the center of Munich, and get ready to spend a whole day there. When you exit the train the first building you are greeted with is the BMW Welt (German for BMW World), which is the ultimate BMW sales floor as well as a stunning architectural achievement, complete with an 800 KWatt solar plant on its roof. The Welt serves as an automobile delivery center as well as an automotive exhibition and event hall. The exterior is enough to amaze visitors, while the interior is more like a touch museum for adults. The complete BMW line is on display, including Nick Heidfeld’s 2007 F1 car (they won’t let you take it for a test drive though, I asked). The Welt also has numerous exhibits that allow visitors to feel, see, hear and interactively experience BMW technology and design. The building also is complete with two specialty shops for BMW fan wear, collectibles and everything F1 team related (Go Kubica!), as well as two restaurants to nourish hungry shoppers.

More after the jump.

On 19 June 2008, Chairman of the Board of Management of the BMW Group, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, opened the BMW Museum in an official opening ceremony. He highlighted the importance of tradition for the company: "Awareness of our heritage, the experiences and developments that our company has been through give us direction, power and inspiration for our work".

Official opening of the BMW Museum

After a period of construction lasting two and a half years, visitors can look forward to more than 120 exhibits in museum space covering 5,000 square metres. They will be presented in a completely new exhibition concept. The circular museum building right next to the company head office tower will continue to be a landmark. The adjacent low-level building now complements the "Bowl" - as the circular museum building has been designated ever since it was opened in 1973. This has entailed increasing the available floorspace fivefold. The museum will open its doors to the public this coming Saturday, 21 June 2008 from 10.00.

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Is It the First Production Mustang?

The two cars are identical, but for one minor detail: the serial number.

One them has a serial number that ends in 01, the other serial number ends with 212.

The former, pictured here, is in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The other one for sale at a Chicago area muscle car dealership.

Both are claimed to be the first Mustang ever sold to the public, back in 1964.

The museum Mustang is not for sale.

The other Mustang is for sale, with an asking price of $5.5 million. According to the dealer, it was actually delivered to its purchaser the day before the first day on which the Mustang could be officially sold.

And, of course, that’s where it starts to get murky – because all but about $50,000 of that price tag is ostensibly justified by the car’s status as the first production Mustang sold to the public.

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Is in Stuttgart, Germany. It was completed last year. It is a museum focused on only one brand, but it is also something more. It is an architectural wonder, And a good sign of just how much money Daimler-Benz is making. Car companies don’t indulge themselves in preserving their past unless they’ve got a few bucks. But to do it at this level is simply extraordinary. The building is to architecture what the Silver Arrows were to race cars in the 1930s. And a kind soul has posted the (...)

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