Rich History, Long-standing Class
Rich History, Long-standing Class
  • Matthew Weigand
  • 승인 2009.04.09 17:15
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A front-entrance view of the World Automotive History Hall
Hillman Straight 8, built in 1928
Chevrolet AC International, built in 1929
In most of the places at the Seoul Motor Show 2009 there are brand-new cars, even concept cars that are not released to the public yet and may never be. But tucked away behind walls that make it feel like a sanctuary against the hustle and bustle of the rest of the show floor is the World Automotive History Hall, an exhibition of the opposite kind of cars - old classics that have stood the test of time.

The World Automotive History Hall is put on by the good folks at the World Automobile Jeju Museum, a collection of classic cars down south on Jeju Island. They have cars from all eras, from the first diesel-powered car in 1886 to the Hillman Straight 8 in 1928, to the Delorean DMC 12, built in 1981. Not all of the cars from the Museum are at the exhibit here in the Seoul Motor Show, but they do have the Hillman Straight 8 sitting near the entrance. They also have an original Model T Ford, and the Delorean sitting right there in the middle, painted yellow.

Benz 300D, built in 1958
Delorean DMC 12, made in 1981
Most impressive from a personal standpoint, they have the Benz 300D, a gangster car if there ever was one. It was also used as the official German government car from 1960 to 1966, a symbol of power if there ever was one. Unfortunately one cannot test drive the cars, but standing there and staring at them is almost as good.

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