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#7449 Lanchester 28-HP Landaulette (1910) Louwman Museum

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Lanchester 28-HP Landaulette (1910) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

This Lanchester looks rather unusual because the 3.5-litre, six-cylinder engine is placed between the two front seats and also because the styling was of secondary importance. The car was delivered to the owner of a coalmine in the North of England in 1910. In the twenties the spacious car ended up at a local garage, where it was used as a taxi and for transport of the local football team. The car was finally abandoned at the back of the garage among the rubbish. The derelict Lanchester was discovered in 1953 and made roadworthy once again. The car was acquired by the Louwman Museum in 2001. It was awarded first prize in its category at the concours at Het Loo Palace in The Netherlands in 2005. In spite of their unorthodox appearance, these cars that were built by Frederick William Lanchester of Birmingham in England were bought by the upper class and even by royals for their high quality, comfort and advanced technology. Lanchester produced few new models but continually improved on the older ones, even allowing existing clients to upgrade their cars. The Lanchester company was purchased by the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) at the end of 1930, after which its cars were made by Daimler on Daimler's Coventry sites. The Lanchester marque disappeared in the 1950s.

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.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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