We had planned to stop in Stuttgart (another), Germany on the way back from our trip to the Czech Republic in July to visit the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Museums, but between Nan's mother's death and Erik's car problems we were unable to do so. We had a real taste of winter driving there. We missed the worst of the storm, but the aftermath was lovely.
We visited Stuttgart city center for the Christmas market and for one last (successful!) attempt to find a second Germania (Beanie Baby) for Nan's brother, Henry.
Nan had no trouble identifying her favorites at the two museums: a 1979 Porsche Speedster from Florida (!) and a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.
But there were very many interesting cars, particularly at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Above is the 1886 Benz, which is the same kind of car that we saw at the Autotron in the Netherlands during the summer, and which was featured in an earlier report.
The white car is a 1902 Mercedes Simplex built by Daimler. Notice the fuel pump, fuel gauge and the facilities for keeping the car lubricated from the dashboard! By the way, the name Mercedes came into being because the Austrian merchant who bought a whole year's production (thirty-six cars) stipulated that he would only do so if the cars were named after his daughter, Mercedes. The car was so popular that Daimler continued to use the name.
We stayed at the lovely Apart hotel in the Stuttgart suburb of Pleiningen, not very far from the airport, which we visited to find more (expensive) English reading material. We also made a side trip to see the huge Walmart just outside of Karlsruhe, which we'd seen from the highway on the way to Stuttgart.
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