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".
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.
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. Full story
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.
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Inaugurated in February 1990, until 1995 the Galleria Ferrari was run by the Comune of Maranello, owners of the fixtures and fittings. The new wing of the Galleria that was opened in October 2004 took the total surface area from 1700m³ to 2500m³, further enriching the exhibition area with new spaces and services. Situated only a short distance from the Ferrari plant and the Fiorano circuit, the Galleria, though it remains the property of the Comune of Maranello, has been run directly by Ferrari since 1995. Today, more than ever, it is has become the place where Ferrari’s past, present and future is preserved, giving the visitor a fascinating insight into the history of the Prancing Horse.