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Old 27th August 2008, 10:18 PM
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Car Museum extraordinaire - located not all that far from Bernau, the home of C. F. Mirbach, purveyors of some of the most delectable and desirable vehicles, and already referred to in earlier threads on Topklasse. On the other side of the Autobahn connecting Salzburg to Munich, you will find the village of Amerang - located not far from the Chiemsee but nothing to indicate anything that may be of a special character or hold a special meaning for any reason in particular or, indeed, in general - that is, until you get to the car museum.

First disappointment - and the only one. By the time I got to the Model Railway exhibit on the lower part of the ground floor, I had run out of 2 digi camera batteries taking shots of the museum's cars, as well as the cars at C. F. Mirbach. Naturally, the cars came first - as if they wouldn't.

All that needs to be said, and I am referring to the Model Railway layout only, is that this was an exhibition comprising an area of about two homes, fully landscaped, featuring also shedding, vehicles, people and whatever else you would care to nominate. Fully operational, but sorry to say, no pics. BUT MAGNIFICENT for little boys/old hacks like me. Thus, the first thing to strike my eye was mind boggling - I had no idea what I was in for.....




Well, that wasn't quite it, but that's for starters. I am sorry to say that it looks as though some photos have not yet been uploaded. Still looking for them. 22.18 - getting tired, brain not functioning, sandman calling for his share of the spoils (bedtime!) Regards Styria

Okay, (the following evening), and a bit better organized. If one looks at this first picture, it appears to be somewhat 'mumbo jumbo when', in fact, it is not. Closer examination reveals the delicate fittings that are part of the front screen/dash arrangement. Just look at those sun visors, and fully adjustable rear vision mirror - gentlemen, this layout is a work of art and no other expression can describe it more accurately.

In fact, the first exhibit to 'hit you in the eye' was this magnificent Benz from the thirties - it virtually took my breath away..



I ask you, where do you start and, when should one stop ? You be the judges.

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Old 28th August 2008, 09:53 PM
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Hi guys, back again. If this was an indication of things to come, surely I was going to be in for a treat. Little did I realize.....the next few pics. are of a somewhat mundane nature but, from a technical point of view, nevertheless held a great deal of interest for me.

You'd be looking at a drive train either from an Audi Quattro (doubtful), or a Porsche 959 (more than likely) and the complete Engine/Transaxle layout of a Porsche Carrera. Not sure on all counts, but just have a look all the same....






What magnificent workmanship - no wonder these cars cost a bit of money.


My apologies for doubling up - well, it's worth looking at twice, don't you agree ? So, what's next....






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Old 29th August 2008, 06:11 AM
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Impressive stuff Godfather.
It is rare to see such set-ups (Chassis and engine/tranny), but always a pleasure to look at them from 'on top' without the impedance of a 'body' in between.
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Old 29th August 2008, 06:32 AM
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Thanks Michel. I find those exhibits of great interest as well. Another one or two that I have since uploaded relate to the twelve cylinder Maybach Zeppelin engine. Here you've got what would probably be a fairly agricultural type of chassis, with a twelve potter fitted up front...




or maybe this would illustrate some superb engineering and craftsmanship.....





or shall we take this a couple of steps further ?.....albeit not related to the Maybach, but merely the venerable Porsche 959.....

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Indeed fascinating stuff and damned good quality photos Styria.
Interesting to note that the Maybach front springs are 'oversprung' - that is, the spring is laid on top of the axle rather than suspended. Very crude and not an efficient distribution of spring forces. At the time Lancia was using an independent front suspension.
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Old 29th August 2008, 06:59 AM
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Hi BenzBoy, thanks for your kind words as far as photos are concerned. When I bought my Olympus Digi some four years ago, I was advised to buy a camera from a Camera Specialist manufacturer such as Canon, Nikon and Olympus. I haven't looked back since and for the quality of my photos, such as they are, I am indeed indebted to that Company.

You mention Lancia in those days - now, don't know much about them going back to the twenties and thirties, but I do believe that even then they were responsible for some unique mechanical features. Independent front end ? Hydraulic Brakes ? Not sure. Regards Styria
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To continue coverage of the Amerang Museum, what else was there to take one's eye - metaphorically speaking, of course...Lemme see - If I remember correctly. the following was a cut-away of a Porsche 959. Probably Porsche's first real Supercar...


..and then, of course, there were some absolutely beautifully presented, and very rare, Mercedes Benzes going back to late twenties (?), thirties etc. At this stage, I need to apologize for the lack of identification with some of the cars featured hereunder.

I was like a kid in a candy shop, and totally disorganized. It wasn't until late in proceedings that I realized that I needed to have some means of remembering what I was taking photos of, but by that time, one battery had gone (remenber, I had been to C. F. Mirbach earlier) and I was lucky to be to use a second camera that my sister-in-law had brought along. In the end, I ran out of battery with her camera as well. So, I do ask for your understanding.







I can't quite identify this one, but it looks like an SK of ca. 1927 vintage - don't we all know what sort of money one of those would fetch...



..more of the same of this magnificent vehicle...





....sorry guys, can't identify it but doesn't it look the part ?




I am doubling up on this one but, honestly, it just took my breath away as it was the first exhibit for me to see...





Okay, I better find some more stuff for you guys to, hopefully, admire. Regards Styria
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This is wonderful stuff Styria. I don't think it would be wise to let Des loose in such a place though? Well, he might bring the whole lot home as carry on luggage!!
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Hi BenzBoy, yes, it is absolutely fascinating stuff..and you know the best thing about it all ? I was actually privileged to be there, take the photos knowing and hoping full well that others on Topklasse would appreciate my feelings and sentiments.

Take for instance the black and red 320 Cabriolet 'A' or whatever - extremely rare, and I had understood that there may only have been three in existence world wide - who knows - I mean, I think I have already photographed two of them ? The one at Mirbach, and the one I am referring to now. Regards Styria
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Hi BenzBoy, yes, it is absolutely fascinating stuff..and you know the best thing about it all ? I was actually privileged to be there, take the photos knowing and hoping full well that others on Topklasse would appreciate my feelings and sentiments.

Take for instance the black and red 320 Cabriolet 'A' or whatever - extremely rare, and I had understood that there may only have been three in existence world wide - who knows - I mean, I think I have already photographed two of them ? The one at Mirbach, and the one I am referring to now. Regards Styria
We all appreciate those pics Godfather....
Priceless stuff.....
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Hi BenzBoy, thanks for your kind words as far as photos are concerned. When I bought my Olympus Digi some four years ago, I was advised to buy a camera from a Camera Specialist manufacturer such as Canon, Nikon and Olympus. I haven't looked back since and for the quality of my photos, such as they are, I am indeed indebted to that Company.

You mention Lancia in those days - now, don't know much about them going back to the twenties and thirties, but I do believe that even then they were responsible for some unique mechanical features. Independent front end ? Hydraulic Brakes ? Not sure. Regards Styria
You're right on both counts.
Re cameras, the thinking is (in the camera business) the optical quality of the lens is more important than the electronics, and a company with years of experience in making cameras and quality lenses will probably make a better job of the electronics that an electronic company would do with the optics.
So Olympus 1 - Casio 0.
Also, have a look at a '20s Lancia Lambda's front suspension with independent sliding pillar arrangement.
Not very M-B , but effective.
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Great photo's - isn't it amazing how mechanics like to see cutaways.

I noticed the pressure accumulators for the 959 seem to be spun aluminium - I bet they cost a lttle more than the 6.9 version.

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