Louwman Museum – Profile Page Four
The first floor is the part where luxury cars are shown. Examples of “Grand Marques” such as Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Minerva and Daimler are all there as well as some very nice Cadillacs and a sixteen cylinder Marmon.
After this hall we come to one of the prized parts of the Museum collection. Nine Spyker cars of varying vintage, including the first four-wheel drive , six cylinder car in the World, a Spyker racer initially built for the 1903 Paris-Madrid race, The car did not compete in this event as the novel drive system did have some teething troubles! This is a wonderful part of the museum showing all these Spykers, a marque not that well known to the general public OUTSIDE Holland.
Next up are some wonderful English cars, the 1953 London Motor Show model by Daimler, rather vulgar but distinctive nonetheless. The second oldest Rolls Royce with an original body and two so-called Maharadja cars from India, another “Roller” and the infamous “Swan” car.
This is followed by three exquisite Mercedes Benz cars, a “K” with a very neat Saoutchik dual phaeton body, a SSK (matching numbers and a British bodywork) and a 500K Spezial Roadster (aka The Butcher Car).
Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg are well represented with the place of pride taken by a “Deusy” SJ. This is the only SJ fitted with the LaGrande dual-cowl Pheaton bodywork.
The oldest Toyota in existence is slightly hidden away. Even the parent company did not know this car still existed, but it was in Wladiwostok (Russia). Used on a farm it is not totally original but still….Toyota would love to have the car, or so we are told.
Walking past some very nice “woodies”. We come to no less than four stunning French “Grand Tourers”, three Talbots and one Delahaye, all of them fitted with dramatically stylish bodies. They are by Figoni and Falashi Teardrop, Chapron, Saoutchik and Pourtout. Imagine yourself motoring along the French roads in one of these cars! Now that is the real “Spirit of Extacy”.