#7460 American Underslung Model 644 (1914) Louwman Museum
American Underslung Model 644 (1914) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
The low, sporting silhouette of this car is due to the underslung construction, which means that the chassis is suspended below the springs. This makes the car sit a lot lower than other cars, and it improves road-holding considerably. Oversized wheels give the car adequate ground clearance. The underslung construction in conjunction with a 60-HP Teetor-Hartley engine and a four-speed gearbox gave this American Underslung a brisk performance.
The American Underslung was an American automobile, the brainchild of Harry Stutz and designer Fred Tone, manufactured by the American Motor Car Company in Indianapolis and is regarded as the most prestigious American manufacturer of sports cars prior to World War I. The company manufactured cars from 1908 to 1914. As far as is known, there are only three survivors of this 644 model 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.