Louwman Museum

The Louwman Collection, formerly Nationaal Automobiel Museum (Dutch for National Automobile Museum ) is a museum of historic cars, carriages and motorcycles in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The Museum

In the museum the Louwman Collection shows a private collection of classic cars, which include vehicles from the manufacturers Bugatti, Isotta Fraschini, Hispano -Suiza and Duesenberg. It contains about 300 exhibits and is internationally oriented. For the period to 1910, the museum has even the largest car collection in the world. It features a large proportion of the 15 currently existing classic Dutch brand Spyker, including the Spyker 60 HP from 1903, the first all-wheel drive car with a combustion engine. From the period after the Second World War, the museum owns, among other things a car from Winston Churchill and the Aston Martin, James Bond drives Goldfinger in the film.

The Louwman Collection is one of the world's oldest private collections and was compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. Your beginning took the collection in 1934, when then- Dodge - importer Pieter Louwman bought a Dodge from 1914. The current owner of the collection is Pieters Evert Louwman son, the Dutch importer of Lexus, Toyota, Chrysler, and Suzuki.

Until 1980 there was the museum in Leidschendam, then to 2009 in Raamsdonksveer. Since 3 July 2010, the collection, again under the name of a Dutch automobile museum, in a new district designed by the American architect Michael Graves building in The Hague, where the rest of the defunct Rosso Bianco Collection was included in the exhibition.

In 2010, the museum director Ronald Kooyman convicted received a Toyota AA, which, however, was converted from left- to right-hand drive, from near Vladivostok in the museum.

Rosso Bianco

Louwman came in connection with the resolution in Aschaffenburg race car vintage car collection Rosso Bianco in criticism, because he seemed to make the future obtaining its complete collection possible the previous owner after the number of failed attempts, and as a result, the collection was transferred almost free but without a contractual commitment to the collection receipt.

Meanwhile, a large portion of the vehicles has been sold at auction from the Rosso Bianco collection of Louwman. Only a tiny fraction (about 15 exhibits) of the former Rosso Bianco vehicles is still exhibited in the Louwman Collection (March 2008 ).