Car auction rommels mercedes is ready for the museum?

Until May 12, the Mercedes 190 E of the former mayor is in the special exhibition 'Manfred Rommel' in the Stadtpalais. Photo: dpa

Still until 12. may the mercedes 190 E of the former mayor stands in the special exhibition "manfred rommel" in the city palace. Photo: dpa

Wouldn’t the mercedes 190 E of the former mayor of stuttgart, manfred rommel, which is now coming under the hammer, make a nice display piece? What does the mercedes-benz museum say about the proposal??

Stuttgart – he is a case for the museum? After this newspaper reported in the middle of the week that the mercedes 190 E of the former mayor of stuttgart, manfred rommel, was to be exhibited at the 12. on the occasion of the auction at the eppli auction house on may 27, readers asked whether the car would not make a nice exhibit for the mercedes-benz museum.

An idea that does not come from nowhere. The museum in bad cannstatt already presents vehicles of prominent personalities among the 1000 vehicles in its collection. For example, the exhibition features the mercedes-benz SLK 55 AMG of national player lukas podolski, the mercedes-benz 190 E 2.3 by actor nicolas cage or the "papamobil," which was built in 1980 for pope johannes paul II’s visit to germany. was made. But the cars of politicians are also among them, for example the last official car of the first German chancellor konrad adenauer, a mercedes-benz 300.

Museum: no statement as to whether one is bidding, so as not to influence the course of the auction

will rommel’s private car soon join them?? "manfred rommel’s mercedes 190 E has an interesting history, if only because of its owner," confirms Jurgen wittmann, head of the collection at the mercedes-benz museum, when asked about it. "so far, however, it has not been offered to us for purchase."even though the mercedes-benz museum had already been in contact with the stadtpalais in the course of preparations for the special exhibition on manfred rommel. There the mercedes is to be seen at present.

The museum has "only just learned of the auction from the media". We cannot make a statement about whether we will bid at this time, "so as not to influence the course of the auction. Whatever the museum’s response, it will affect the market value of the vehicle.

The goal of the vehicle collection is to document the history of the product

But which vehicles actually make it into the collection?? "the goal of our vehicle collection is to document our product history through selected artifacts," says wittmann. In addition to the significance of a vehicle for the history of mobility and automotive development, other criteria such as sporting successes or the cultural and contemporary historical and technological as well as design significance would come into play in the selection of the vehicles.

manfred rommel’s car was a simple mercedes 190 E – after all, rommel was not only a man of the world, but also an economical swabian. ÜIn fact, the former mayor was only persuaded to buy the car by werner niefer, who was then a member of the Daimler board of management. from 1982 on rommel used the limousine as a private car. From a technical point of view, the vehicle is nevertheless interesting: Daimler supplied rommel with one of the first cars in the then new W 201 series.

The proceeds are to be donated

At the end of the exhibition at the stadtpalais (12. may) the auction house eppli wants to auction the car. The car with electric sunroof, automatic transmission, cruise control and headlamp wipers is roadworthy. At the request of the rommel family, the proceeds are to be donated to a parkinson’s foundation, among others.

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