#7061 Peugeot Type 6 Phaeton with Capote (1894)
Peugeot Type 6 Phaeton with Capote (1894) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
It is understandable that the early motorcars looked like horse-drawn carriages. The coach design already existed, while the horse as a source of power was replaced by an engine that used chains or belts to drive the wheels. This early Peugeot, which has never been restored, is a typical example of the "horseless carriage". In fact, it still has the brackets for the horses' reins as well as the fixings for the pole. Evidently thought had been given to the fact that in the case of an emergency the car might have to be drawn by horses. The car was delivered to a Parisian customer on 8 June 1894 and is one of the oldest cars produced by a manufacturer still in existence. The first Peugeot car was presented in 1889 and was steam-driven. A year later it was decided to install a petrol engine; initially this would be a Daimler, but from 1896 onwards Peugeot manufactured its own engines. This Type 6, of which only seven were produced, is still equipped with a Daimler engine. The family business Peugeot Frères was set up in 1810, producing steel tools and kitchen equipment such as coffee and pepper mills; it later made bicycles and sewing machines.
The two cousins Armand and Eugène Peugeot started the car production.
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.