Mercedes-Benz Museum floor goes under the hammer
Unique charity auction for Museum enthusiasts
Stuttgart. Around 30m² of Terrazzo tile floor tiles from the old Mercedes-Benz Museum were saved from demolition by Mercedes-Benz classic car enthusiasts. The tiles will be auctioned on eBay, the Internet auction site, from May 1, 2008 . Proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization.
In February 2007, a committed group of Mercedes-Benz club members decided to rescue around 2.5 metric tons of Terrazzo floor tiles from demolition. Eberhard Weilke represents the German Tailfin Enthusiasts Club (VDH): “I’ve visited the old Mercedes-Benz Museum on numerous occasions since my childhood. When I heard that it was to be knocked down, I wanted to rescue a piece of the museum for posterity. Now some purchaser will have the unique opportunity of parking a classic car in his own garage on the original museum flooring.”
The winning bidder will be buying not only the 30m² of Terrazzo flooring on which automotive museum pieces with the three-pointed star were kept for 45 years, he will also become the owner of floor tiles individually signed by Lewis Hamilton, Formula One runner-up in 2007 and his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Spengler, DTM runner-up in 2006 and 2007 and racing legend Hans Herrmann.
As Michael Bock, Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH explained: “This unusual project was dreamed up and realized on the initiative of brand enthusiasts. It is a wonderful demonstration both of the bond that exists between club members and the brand and of the charisma our vehicles exude.”
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Kolpingwerk, an international charitable organization, and will support vocational training facilities for the young in Latin America. In this way the museum floor will help provide a solid platform for a sound vocational education.
The auction is scheduled to end on Saturday, May 10, 2008 – the day on which the German Tailfin Enthusiasts Club (VDH) celebrates its 20th anniversary. With a membership of around 5,000, the VDH is dedicated to the upkeep and preservation of classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Further information about the auction can be found at museumsboden.de
From its official opening in 1961 to its closure in 2006, almost 13 million visitors passed through the doors of the old Mercedes-Benz Museum. Owing to its limited exhibition space, however, the Stuttgart carmaker decided to develop a new building in 2000. Opened in May 2006, the new Mercedes-Benz Museum now accommodates 160 vehicle exhibits and in the intervening period has already welcomed over 1.7 million visitors from all over the world through its doors.
Link to the ebay auction: 30 qm Terrazzoboden aus dem alten Mercedes-Benz Museum bei eBay.de: Prospekte Kataloge (endet 10.05.08 21:00:00 MESZ)
The Mercedes-Benz Museum can be reached quickly and conveniently by public transport. In addition to the No. 51 bus service, which runs between Bad Cannstatt railway station and the bus stop at Mercedes-Benz Welt, visitors also have the option of taking the S-Bahn (mass transit system) to Gottlieb Daimler Stadion. Visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Museum traveling by private car have a choice of car parks: the Mercedes-Benz Museum car park or the P4 car park. The address of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is: Mercedesstrasse 100, 70372 Stuttgart, telephone: 07 11/17-3 00 00.