#7451 Joswin Town Car (1922) Louwman Museum
Joswin Town Car (1922) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
This rare German Joswin exudes pure luxury. Note the special finish on the body panels, the finely executed door handles and the 'opera windows', through which you can view the lavishly decorated interior, finished in brocade, rosewood and ivory. The car started off as a Mercedes and was built in 1913. In the early 1920s it was acquired by Josef Winsch of Berlin who, under the name of Joswin (a contraction of his first and last name), fitted surplus aero engines in Mercedes cars. Josef Winsch mounted a 7.2-litre Mercedes aircraft engine in this car and had the coachwork built by Szawe of Berlin. Around 1924 the Joswin ended up in the United States, where it was even used in a couple of movies. From 1929 on, the car was on display in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. For years the car was believed to have been owned by the German Emperor Wilhelm II and the King of Bulgaria.
The Louwman Museum acquired the exceptional Joswin in 2015. The marque only lasted from 1921 to 1924. Production numbers were very low and this is probably the only Joswin left in the world.
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.