#7051 Portuguese Traquitana (1775) Louwman Museum
Portuguese Traquitana (1775) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
This more than two-hundered-year-old carriage, which has never been restored, simply radiates history. It is a Portuguese "Traquitana", a two-seat carriage which was popular in the second half of the 18th century. It was drawn by two horses. The body is supported by leather straps, providing a certain amount of suspension. The side windows could be lowered. In bad weather the passengers were shielded by a hinged apron flap and by leather curtains with small glass windows. The roof is galleried. The guard spikes at the rear were added to prevent mischievous boys from hitching a ride.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.