Apparently your serious Porsche collection is incomplete without a Porsche tractor tucked away in the corner. Personally, I'm just a saddo that likes tractors as well as cars, so I thought I'd include it for your delectation, too. Enjoy.
While the Porsche museum is impressive, it's tiny compared with its opposite number at Mercedes. Here you have to catch a lift to the ninth floor, from where you meander to the bottom around a staircase that hugs its elliptical glass exterior.
The descent takes you on a journey not just through Mercedes’ history, but world history, too. The subject matter is displayed on the walls lining the staircase and it’s as detailed as it is refreshingly honest. Unlike some corporates that gloss over their less wholesome eras, Mercedes is open and brave enough to mention its affiliation with the Nazis leading up to, and during, World War 2.
It also gives a detailed account of the company's founders and their early creations. You learn how Messrs Maybach, Daimler and Benz came to be aligned in business, that the three-pointed star stands for the three forms of travel that the Mercedes sought to conquer - land, sea and air - and that the company was named after Wilhelm Maybach’s daughter, Mercedes.
Mercedes’ car vault, the so-called Holy Halls, contains more than 1000 cars. Clearly there’s not room to show them all, but around 160 are displayed in the museum at any one time.
Isn’t this the most stylish rig you’ve ever seen? Not only for the 1955 World Sports Car Championship-winning 300 SLR perched on the flatbed, but also the fabulously stylish truck itself. I thought so, anyway.