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    The Concorde

    by globetrott Written Jun 7, 2015

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    The Concorde is in my opinion the most interesting exhibit in the museum in Sinsheim. As the USA had given up their own plans to build such an aircraft themselves, the Concorde was the only western supersonic aircraft for passangers and it was flying daily on schedule between London & Paris & JFK between 1976 and 2003 with a top-speed of Mach 2,23 (=2.405 km/h).
    The Concorde was allowed to fly in that speed only over the atlantic and that is also the reason why at the end only Airfrance and BA used them and all the other aircomapnies had cancelled their orders for a Concorde after the US have denied to let them fly in that speed over their territory.
    It took just 3,5 hours for the Concorde to fly from London Heathrow to JFK.

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    Tupolew Tu-144

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    In the early 1960s there was a competition between GB/France and USA and Russia to build a supersonic aircraft for passangers and the TU-144 was built by the russians and they were the first to fly such an aircraft in December 31st, 1968 and that was 61 days before the Concorde started to fly. So the russians had been first, BUT their first TU144 had a lot of technical problems and so it had to be almost totally reconstructed and changed lateron and as you can see, it became quite a copy of the Concorde, that obviously had been spyed out by the russians.
    In Sinsheim is the only place where you will be able to compare both airplanes, as they are standing next to each other.
    You will be able to step inside the aircraft, BUT be prepared for long waitinglines !

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    Various cars made by Ferdinand Porsche

    by globetrott Written Jun 7, 2015

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    Of course they have lots of Porsche-cars as well like the 356 in my main picture, that was the beginning of Ferdinand Porsches own carproduction !
    In my other pics: The VW Käfer, an early, military version of it.
    Auto Union Grand Prix Rennwagen Typ C (the one you see in Sinsheim is an authorised copy made by Audi)
    Porsche 956/962 of 1985 a racingcar with 700HP and a topspeed of 380 km/h

    In the beginning of his career he had constructed only cars for other companies like Lohner in Vienna, where he made the first hybrid car and the first all-wheel-drive-car worldwide, the Lohner-Porsche then for Austro-Daimler where he constructed engines for airplanes and zepellins and an "Electrical train" a vehicle that was able to transport heavy loads with a totally new concept: a 150HP engine was producing the electrical power for each and every wheel of the train, that was driven by its own electric motor.

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    De Lorean DMC-12

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    The De Lorean DMC-12 was a good idea in many ways, BUT it ended in a desaster: John De Lorean was the youngest division head in General Motors history when he decided to build his own car in a factory in Northern Ireland. He ran out of money and had a bad idea how to get that settled: at the end he was charged with trafficking in cocaine by the U.S. government, was arrested and this was also the end for this car !
    The DeLorean DMC-12 has gull-wing doors (that were not allowed on the german market ), the engine was quite weak and the best of it was certainly the stainless-steel-body.
    7000 were produced but only half of them were sold - THIS is why you will find them in almost any carmuseum worldwide.

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    Steam Locomotives galore

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    For all friends of old Steam Locomotives there is a lot to see as well in Sinsheim. I still remember the time when steamtrains have used to be quite a normal sight every now and then, at least for sidelines of the trainsystem. It was always nice to see them, but not always great to have the smell all over town as well. well, those steamtrains of Sinsheim are not smelly at all and nice to look at !

    The museum is open for visitors:
    daily from 09.00am and they are closing at 06.00pm between Mondays and Fridays
    Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday they close at 07.00 pm

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    Formular1 cars

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    These are some photos of the large collection of Formular1 cars and other racingcars that you will find in the Technik Museum of Sinsheim. Such cars are not so very interesting for me, so I dont have any more infos for you, just the pics !
    The museum is open for visitors:
    daily from 09.00am and they are closing at 06.00pm between Mondays and Fridays
    Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday they close at 07.00pm
    and only on Dec 24th and Dec 31st they close BEFORE that !

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    Jaguar SS & Jaguar E

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    There are some more Jaguar-cars in the museum in Sinsheim: The Jaguar SS of 1938, a sportscar with 90HP, that was available as a 2-seater or as a sedan with 4 seats, it was a very popular car of its time. And finally the Jaguar E , the dreamcar of whole generation, and some people even say the JaguarE was the first car "with a sex-appeal" ;-)

    The museum is open for visitors:
    daily from 09.00am and they are closing at 06.00pm between Mondays and Fridays
    Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday they close at 07.00pm
    and only on Dec 24th and Dec 31st they close BEFORE that !

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    Jaguar D-type

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    For lots of years the Jaguar D was considered an unbeatable racingcar. Between 1955 and 1957 a Jaguar D did win the 24hours race of Le Mans every year. Stirling Moss was driving this car and reached a top-speed of 270km/h. In 1957 there was a fire in the Jaguar-factory and Jaguar gave up racing untill 1962. And in 1962 the Jaguar E was introduced, that became one of the most successfull types of cars.
    The museum is open for visitors:
    daily from 09.00am and they are closing at 06.00pm between Mondays and Fridays
    Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday they close at 07.00pm
    and only on Dec 24th and Dec 31st they close BEFORE that !

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    The Lunar Roving Vehicle

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2015

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    This is an original Replica of the Lunar Roving Vehicle like it was used by the NASA: Between 1969 and 1972 there were 6 moon-landings and the last 3 missions had a Lunar Roving Vehicle onboard, so they were able to explore a much wider area of the moon. What you see in the museum is a true-to-the-original replica of the very first "moon-car" of 1971, that was the first vehicle driving on another planet.
    It is a pity that it is hidden somewhere in a dark corner of the museum, where I almost oversaw it.

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    Mercedes Sportscars of the 1930s

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2015

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    In Sinsheim you will find also quite a lot of fine Mercedes Sportscars of the time between 1928 and 1938 like the red 500K of 1938 in my main picture. This model was presented at the Paris Motor Show and it was equipped with a 8-cylindre OHV in-line engine with connectable Roots supercharger. Maximum speed was 170km/h and the engine had 180 HP with the bsupercharger and 115HP without.
    The car in black: a Mercedes Benz SS Kompressor of 1928. The bonnet of this car is probably the longest of all types of Mercedes. Maximum speed of this car is more than 200km/h, it had 6 cylindres and a 7 litres-engine with 200 / 250HP
    and the car in Yellow: a Mercedes-Benz 630K of 1928

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    The Lamborghini LM-002 & more

    by globetrott Updated Jun 6, 2015

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    The Lamborghini LM-002 is maybe the most unusual Lamborghini in any Collection, as it is a SUV & Sportscar that was built for rich sheiks. Only 200 of them were built, the top-speed is beyond 200km/h, the car has a V12 engine with more than 5 litres and 450 HP. It was built in 1987 and it is quite thirsty: 60 litres of fuel per 100km/h, but thats of course a fact that does not really give sleepless nights to a sheik. This rolling monster has 3 tons and is certainly the most exclusive cross-country vehicle worldwide !

    In my other pics: a Lamborghini Miura and a Lancia Stratos !

    maybe another Lamborghini, but I dont know ! a Lancia Stratos a Lamborghini Miura
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    The Bugatti Collection in Sinsheim

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2015

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    I have counted 9 Bugatti-cars in the Technical Museum of Sinsheim, including the replica-Bugatti Royale,That is quite an impressive number of Bugatti-cars for an european museum as there was a time when the Schlumpf-brothers from Mulhouse would have payed almost any price for any type of Buggatti that was for sale. Quite a hard situation for all other car-museums.
    The best part of that story is the fact that nowadays you will find the very best Bugatti-collection in Mulhouse, and that is just about 2 hours to drive to from Sinsheim.
    Read more about it in my Mulhouse - page!

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    GAZ 46

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2015

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    The GAZ 46 was an amphibious car built in Russia by the GAZ factory (Gorky Automobil Zavod) in 1940 and of course it was delivered to the russian army only. The car had all-wheel-drive and built in propellors and it had a top-speed of 85km/h overland and about 8km/h in the water. The engine had 54HP and a 4-cylindre-engine of 2,2litres.
    Not as elegant as the Amphicar, but the GAZ has all-wheel-drive !

    and here some link to a video of a swimming GAZ 46 , quite bad quality video unfortunately !

    The GAZ 46 and the VW Schwimmwagen the GAZ behind the Amphicar
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    The Amphicar

    by globetrott Updated Jun 6, 2015

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    The Amphicar is another car that was able to swim and it could do that even in rough waters and so it sucessfully crossed the English Channel in 1962. The construction was made by the german engeneer Hanns Trippel and 3500 of this car were built on the total between 1961 and 1965. Top-speed ashore as 115km/h and 12km/h in the water. the engine had 4 cylindres, 38HP and 1,2litres.
    NO 4-wheel-drive unfortunately, so you need such an easy place to drive out of the water again.

    Click here for a youtube-video of an Amphicar-meeting in Speyer and watch how easily they drive into the water and out of it

    and this is a video - unfortunately only in german - that explanes some of the techniques inside the car

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    a Bugatti Royale Replica

    by globetrott Updated Jun 5, 2015

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    Yes, they even have a Bugatti Royale in their collection, even though it is just a replica that was built for a movie.
    The Bugatti "Royale Le Patron Napoleon" was the most powerfull and also the biggest and most expensive car that was ever built by Ettore Bugatti in Molsheim. Unfortunately only 7 of them were built at all, 5 of them still exist and 3 of them are shown in the Museum in Mulhouse / Alsace / France - read more about the Bugatti Royales in my page about Mulhouse
    This Bugatti 41 Royale was used in the french movie "Rebus"

    Did you see that the driver is sitting in the open air, while his boss is protected against wind and rain ?

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