|A Dream Come True|
Here are a few highlights from my visit...
The museum has eight exhibit floors with four adjacent galleries between each of the floors. Because of the relatively decent size of the exhibits and galleries, they will all be featured here (except one gallery, in which the theme changes on occasion)...
|"I do believe in the horse. The automobile is no more than a transitory phenomenon." - Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1886|
|The Pioneering Founders (from top to bottom): Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and Wilhelm Maybach|
|1886-1900, "Pioneers" - The first exhibit features many innovations by Daimler and Benz in developing the automobile, including their first two models from 1886 (picutred) and the first 1- and 2-cylinder internal combustion engines.|
|1914-1945, "Times of Change, Diesel and Supercharger" - In addition to automobile engines, Mercedes-Benz also produced aircraft engines as well. The top three engines picture were used in German planes during World War II.|
|1945-1960, "Post-War Miracle, Form and Diversity" - During their revitalization, Mercedes-Benz builds one of the most iconic sports cars ever, the 1954 300 SL, with its unique "gullwing" doors.|
|1960-1982, "Visionaries, Safety and Environment" - This exhibit features cars that include many safety innovations pioneered by Mercedes-Benz that have become standard in today's cars, such as airbags and crumple zones.|
|The Gallery of Voyagers, which features various, prominent Mercedes-Benz people-carriers (buses and limousines) throughout the years.|
|The Gallery of Carriers, which features various service carriers, in which the cargo ranges from gasoline, barrels and other cars, just to name a few.|
|The Gallery of Helpers, which features various service vehicles including a firetruck, snow plow, police car, and a Mercedes-Benz company service vehicle.|
|Part of the "Silver Arrows" exhibit - My personal favorite, this exhibit features prominent race cars raced by teams sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and/or powered by Mercedes engines. Pictured here are the modern racecars.|
|In 1954 and 1955, Mercedes-Benz (as Daimler AG) secured their first two Formula 1 World Championships with Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio driving this "Silver Arrow" chassis, the W196 Monoposto.|