Could this be the coolest private collection of collectable cars?


The recent Vauxhall Ampera launch was a real feast for classic car-loving journalists such as me. This was because the launch was based at the Louwman Museum, the world's oldest private collection of based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Started in back in 1934 with the purchase of a twenty-year-old Dodge, that car is still on display in the museum, but Two generations of the family have added a further 230 cars to the collection and it is also home to the world's largest collection of automotive art.

It's not just the cars that impress, the amazing building that they're stored in is a work of art too. Designed as a museum from the start, it boasts three floors, over 10,000 meters of exhibition space and is the work of American architect Michael Graves.

Opened just over a year ago by Queen Beatrix, whose Royal Palace it's adjacent to, the design highlight apart from the cars for me is the Great Hall, with its huge, arched timber roof that forms an east-west backbone through the building.

If you're a petrolhead and in the Hague on holiday or business the Louwman Museum is definitely a must visit. Just as you think it can't get any better, there's another room with more amazing cars and car memorabilia.

Check out my gallery below of a selection of the cars on show:

The Louwman Museum

The Louwman Museum