On April 12, 2008 the car museum PROTOTYP started. In the past 10 years we have accomplished numerous permanent and special exhibitions on automotive topics as well as many successful events. Our review and our news archive offer impressions in addition. There are some interesting events planned for the anniversary year, about which we will inform you soon.
On Wednesday, October 24th at 19:30, actor Wanja Mues will read in the Meßmer Momentum (Kaiserkai 10) from "Men, Women and Motors" by Alfred Neubauer, who was the Mercedes race director from 1926 to 1955. A relaxed tea experience will accompany the stories about thunderous engines, bold strategists and ingenious gamblers, women with composure, the risky hunt for records and the dramatic fight on the home straight. We will also hear of Rudolf Caracciola and his success at the Avus in 1926, of Bernd Rosemeyer, who died in 1938 in an attempt for world record on the Frankfurt freeway and of Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio in their Mille Miglia mission in 1955. Percussionist Stefan Weinzierl will soundtrack this event. Tickets for this event on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of both the Meßmer Momentum and Car Museum PROTOTYP are available at our museum box office for 17, - € (reading with music incl. 1 pot of tea of your choice, 2 x 45 min with 15 min break). Those who prefer to book online can buy their ticket with an additional processing fee of 1,- Euro at www.messmer.de/tee-events.
In cooperation with Club 20457 our museum shop is offering the limited special edition 20457 HAFENCITY GIN with a specially designed label, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Automuseum PROTOTYP for a price of 36, - €. The essential oils of the contained botanicals (such as Kaffirlimettenblätter, coriander seeds, nutmeg and Kubebenpfeffer) give this gin its balanced and refreshing aroma. The 20457 HAFENCITY GIN is hand-bottled, corked, labeled and numbered in a small manufactory in the north of Germany, following the strict criteria of a real London Dry Gin, slowly and gently distilled in small quantities. Each bottle is unique!
In 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War, this VW 39 was the first of a total of just 14 to leave the Porsche plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and was the only one in its series to be preserved. The VW 39 was designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche as a high-speed variant and was used as a test vehicle by him and his son Ferry Porsche. Temporarily a performance-enhanced type 64 engine, which provided 32 hp instead of the usual 23.5 hp had been installed. Noticeable details are the vertical fold on the now arched bonnet, the concave bumper horns and the improved interior heating. The nameplate identifies this vehicle as a Porsche. New and defining for all subsequent models is the chassis number, which begins with a "1", followed by a hyphen and a five-digit number, which already suggests a series production. After several years of restoration, this unique pretzel beetle is now part of our permanent exhibition.
From 3. January 2018, our "Berlin-Rom-Wagen" will be displayed at the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. As part of the exhibition “The Porsche Effect” the legendary Porsche will definitely cause some excitement! The Petersen Museum - considered by many as one of the best car museums in the world - shows around 150 exquisite old-timers on an area of approx. 9,300 m². By mid-November 2018, our Porsche Type 64 will be back in Hamburg.
From now on this concept car, which has been built only twice, will be part of our permanent exhibition! First presented in 1972 for the Munich Olympics, it was equally regarded as a design study by BMW chief designer Paul Bracq and a rolling test laboratory for forward-looking technology. Based on the BMW Turbo, the BMW M1 was developed and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. The BMW Turbo, which is a loan of the BMW Group Classic, is expected to be on display here until the end of 2018.
Just arrived and now part of our permanent exhibition: The Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 (mock-up) from 2017, which achievedthe overall victory in the 24 Hours of le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017. We thank Schaeffler Germany for this great loan!