Dodge Type 30 Touring Car (1914) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
Notice the background photo of the Dodge Brothers garage from Louwman & Parqui at the Lekstraat in The Hague.
One of the most important cars in the museum. Mister Pieter (Piet) Wijnand Louwman (1902 - 1969) bought the then 20-year-old Dodge in 1934 and it was to be the first car in the collection. At the time, Mister Louwman was the Dodge distributor for the Netherlands, based in The Hague. The large number of period accessories makes this car rather special. The Dodge is equipped with a gradient meter on the door, electric lighting, a dynastart (combined dynamo and starter motor), adjustable wing mirrors, cut glass side windows, two warning whistles, bumpers, two vents in the exhaust and a 'fat man' steering wheel, which can be tilted to enable portly drivers to get in and out more easily. It is also fitted with a combination steering lock.
This type 30 Dodge is one of the oldest in the world. It was built in November 1914, the month in which the brothers John and Horace Dodge began producing cars. The Dodge Brothers were a step ahead of the rival Ford Model T, which looked rather conservative and formal in comparison.
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.