Milnes-Daimler Double-Decker Omnibus (1904) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
The oldest motorised bus still in existence in the world. It dates from 1904 and was specially designed for public transport in London, United Kingdom.
At the time, there were fewer than twenty motorised double-deckers in London; two years later there would be about four-hundred, of which half were manufactured by Milnes-Daimler. The bus is painted in the livery of one of London's most famous bus companies of the time, "Thomas Tilling". It was initially delivered to the Southborough & District Bus Company in Tunbridge Wells, but the company was financially weak and had to sell the bus a few months later. In 1907 the bus was converted to chain drive. Originally, the drive was taken directly to the rear wheels via a cogwheel system. This was better suited to carrying heavy loads but was also very noisy. Milnes-Daimler was created in 1902 after the German Daimler company took over the English tramcar and lorry manufacturer George F. Milnes and Co.
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.