Rosso Bianco Museum
This is a large and impressing museum which shows lots of interesting cars. The museum has specialized in 2-place sport and competition cars. There are over 200 cars. The main museum man is Peter Kaus. He realized that there were too many small car museums with these types of cars. Who collect standard cars? Together with Hans-Holger Frenzel they opened 1987 Rosso Bianco Museum. They succeeded to find a closed factory where they gathered all cars. The presentation of cars are very simple. They are placed in the halls just if, it is a garage with plenty of room. The cars are divided into different classes. Reserve a day in Aschaffenburg, ca 30 min from Frankfurt/Main, when you happens to pass by in order to look at this fine collection. This museum is unfortunately closed.
Comment 070521. The cars are now exhibited at Louwman collection Netherlands. Louwman wikipedia.
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Pegaso Z10 Coupe 1952. Ref. 1
Pegaso Z102 GT Coupé 1952.
This is a Spanish aristocrate among all the others. With V8 2752 cc, 200 ps, 4 overhead cams, dry oil tray and a 5-level gearbox mounted in the rear end, which is of DeDion type. All wheels are connected to torision springs. Pegaso had production up to 1957. At that time they had built 125 cars, mostly on order. The factory then concentrate on lorries.
Mercedes Benz 300 SLS.1955.  Ref. 1
Mercedes Benz 300 SL-S 1955.
This is a Classic with 6-cyl. engine, 2994 cc 225 ps desmodromic valves and fuel injection. The car was equipped with a spectacular air brake, which is initiated by a special pedal. This system gave the car non acceptable handlings that influenced the steering. Known drivers are Juan Manuel Fangio and Sterling Moss. The car in showroom is a variant of the "Sea Gull Car". Mercedes built 3250 ex. of the SL-type. See more Mercedes site.
 

 

Maserati 300 S Spider. 1956. Ref. 1
Maserati 300 S Spider 1956.
Engine 6 cyl. 3000 cc 280 ps at 7000 rpm. There were different engine models. The more power the more plump coachwork. In Sweden there was one with 2000 cc (200 S). In that car Bosse Ljungfeldt took the Swedish speed record during the fifties at the straight road outside Revinge. This Maserati was later owned by Olle Leufven. He drove together with Jan and Björn Bellander (Allard K2, Ferrari 860 Monza, see Cars) the historical competition at Karlskoga Raceway 1966. Though his Maserati was geared for speed, so he couldn´t show the qualities of the car.

 

Maserati 450 S Zagato Coupe 1957. Ref. 1
Maserati 450 S Zagato Coupé 1957.
Engine V8 4477 cc, 400 ps at 7400 rpm. You could get this engine in the Maserati Spider (see preceding picture). This is a typical exponent for Zagato´s way modelling a coachwork.

Lister Jaguar Costin LM 1958. Ref. 1
Lister Jaguar Costin LM 1958.
This is a LeMans car (LM), equiped with a 6-cyl Jaguar engine, 3000 cc, 280 ps at 7000 rpm. An english special built one with the basis of the famous D-type. Study the typical english way of mounting equipment: Oil brake reservoirs are placed where there was room. The way of doing extra place for feet.

 

Ferrari Monza 1954. Ref. 1
Ferrari 750 Monza 1954. 3000cc, 4 cyl. (4x750cc!) with double overhead cams, double ignition and magnet, 280 ps, 5 non synchro gearbox in rear end and DeDion. This was a popular model which did stand almost every race if you don´t rev it to high. Ferrari also build a 860 Monza with much stronger chassie equipped with a 3 al. plate clutch which grasped directly at start. Read Hans Tanners book Ferrari. 860 engine was not strong enough so most cars got the 750. Such a car cost year 2000, 500000 £. Gosh I should have kept my Monza 860.

 


Lancia D23 Spider 1953. Ref. 1
Lancia D23 Spider 1953. Engine V6, 220 ps, 6500 rpm. This is a formel 2 car (the one with side tanks) rebuilt to a sport car. The formel 2 car became later the base for Ferraris expension.

 


Veritas RS 1948. Ref. 1
Veritas RS 1948.
2-litre 6 cyl. engine, 120 ps. Veritas company was founded 1948 by earlier employee at BMW. They concentrated to build sport cars on the basis of BMW 328. Sorry to say Veritas started to put sport cars together using lots of different components like Dyna Panhard. Also involved in developing engines with Heinkel. This gave of course no trust from their customers and the company was forced to close 1950. This car is a typical Veritas car with body by Bauer in Stuttgart.

 

Cisitalias 202 MM Spider 1947. Ref. 1
Cisitalia 202 MM Spider Nouvolari 1947.
Cisitalia tried to build F1 cars at the end of the forties, with a catastrophic result. They also had Ferry Porsche to construct a racing car. For that money Ferry gott his father and partners free from war jail in france. That made an end of the money of the company. This car is an example of this. Equiped with Ford 1085 cc and 65 ps. The production was moved to Argentina. It was not easier to sell Cisitalia with Willys components. 1948 they had a coupé with body by Pinin Farina. It had such a well balanced body that it was awarded first prize and was shown at Modern Art Museum in NewYork for the best design. Fiat copied this body for their coupé Fiat 8V 2-litre 1952.
Osca MT4 Morelli Spider 1952. Ref. 1
OSCA MT 4 Morelli Spider 1952.
Engine 1342 cc, 4 cyl. and 132 ps is one of Maserati brother´s creations. They had 1940 sold their Maserati factory to Orsi (an industrial magnat). After the war, 1947. Maserati started in a small scale production of sport cars. It was concentrated on sport cars. Among other there was a car in Sweden equiped with Volvo engine. Volvo-OSCA. By age Maserati sold their Osca company to MV-Augusta, who continued production till 1967, when the last OSCA-model was annonced with Ford V4 1,7 litre engine. "A bad day for OSCA"

 

 

 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet 1938. Ref. 1
 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet 1938.
Engine 6 cyl., 3357 cc, 120 ps. The company was founded already 1894 and manufactured special design of bodies by Figione & Falaschi. There were engines from 4 cyl., 6 cyl., to 4,5 litre V12 and 185 ps. With this Delahaye continued till 1954 when they merged with Hotckiss. The following pictures show different models.

 


Delahaye 135 MS. Ref. 1 
Delahaye 135 MS.
Delahaye 135 MS 194?. Ref. 1
Delahaye 135 MS 194?.
Talbot-Lago T26 SS 1938. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago T26 SS 1938.
Talbot-Lago Figoni & Falaschi coupé 6. Ref. 1 
Figoni & Falaschi coupé 6 cyl, 4470 cc 240 hk
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50.
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50.
 Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50. Ref. 1
 Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50.
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago GS T26 Chapron Coupé 1949/50.
Talbo-Lago T26 SS. Ref. 1
Talbo-Lago T26 SS.
 Talbot-Lago T26 SS. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago T26 SS.
Talbot-Lago GS Sautchik 1948-49. Ref. 1
Talbot-Lago GS Sautchik 1948-49. 6 cyl, 4470 cc 240 hk.
Lagonda LG45 1935. Ref. 1
Lagonda LG45 1935.
Daimler Special Sport 1950. Ref. 1
Daimler Special Sport 1950.
 Lagonda Lancefield Coupé LM 1939. Ref. 1
Lagonda Lancefield Coupé LM 1939.
Auburn 851 Roadster 1935. Ref. 1
Auburn 851 Roadster 1935.
 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica 1935. Ref. 1
Lancia Astura Aerodinamica 1935. 
 Delahaye 135 Chapron Coupé 1938. Ref. 1
Delahaye 135 Chapron Coupé 1938.

Bugatti T57 S Spider 1936. Ref. 1
Bugatti T57 S Spider 1936. 8 cyl, 3257 cc, 170 ps. The type where Jean Bugatti tried to modernize the normal Bugatti construction. He had made an individual front rnf and added hydraulic brakes. But Ettore came unannounced home from his work i Paris with rail cars for the French government. He saw the "scandal" and Jean had to change back. What was left was the modernized cooling protection.
Hanomag 2/10 1927. Ref. 1
Hanomag 2/10 1927. 1 cyl, 500 cc, 12 ps. See more text under Volkswagen and Ziegenhagen. It was popular to cover cars with rattan.

 

 

Lancia Astura Bocca 1938. Ref. 1 
Lancia Astura Bocca 1938. 8 cyl. with cylinder banks in 22°, 2972 cc 90 ps 4500 rpm. See also Astura Aerodinamica.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2500 MM 1934. Ref. 1

Alfa Romeo 8C 2500 MM 1934.
8 cyl, 2653 cc with ompressor, 215 os. Varzi drove this car in Targa Florio 1934. After this victory Alfa Romeao won everything till 1937. 20 cars is still left

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Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster 1938. Ref. 1
 Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster 1938.
Gosh. You may say what you like about other more or less nice luxury bodies. No one beats Mercedes 540 K Special. A really show stopper. Straight 8 cylinder engine, 5400 cc, with manuell connection of compressor (through accelerator). It was only allowed to work for a few minutes. You could also order hard top as option. More about Mercedes see Mercedes museum. Prize not possible to pay.

 


 

ELWA Mk VII 1963. Ref. 1
ELWA Mk VII 1963.4 cyl, 1800 cc 100 hk. The Englishman Nichols produced racesport cars with different engines. BMW, Porsche and DKW. One Porsche came to Sweden and owner was Nenne Paulsson. It was driven first time at "Västkustloppet" Falkenberg. The street road track. Sorry to say but Nenne and Radefalk (Porsche 904 GTS) hit each other just before depot bend. Nenne was badly hurt. The ELWA car was then in several hands. Among them Jan Bellander (GUSS). He made the car longer and mounted a Buick al V8, but kept the Porsche gearbox. With this combination he carried out much success on club level. The continued fate are several. Among all it was shortened and made wider, without success. After this it disappeared in the Swedish mist.

Maserati Tipo 63 1960. Ref. 1 
Maserati Tipo 63 1960.4 cyl. rear end engine 2890 cc, 260 ps. The model was also called The Birdcage because of the construction. The chassi was made of small round pipes. Compare to Diva Valkyr which had 15 mm square pipes. Jo Bonnier raced with the Maserati with no noticable success.

 

Lotus Mk 40 1965. Ref. 1
Lotus Mk 40 1965.
V8, 4727 350 hk. Chapman had the ability of real success with some models. This was that kind, just as Lotus 11. Compare with Lotus Mk 30 which was a total disaster. Even Lotus 15, with Lotus own rick-rack gearbox. Cooling didn´t function because engine water pump was too high up compared to the cooler. You didn´get any pressure to the water pump which ended with caviation and no cooling. But Mk 40 was a good one.
McLaren M1C 1967. Ref. 1
McLaren M1C 1967.
V8, 4980 cc, 540 ps, Hewland gearbox. One M1 came to Sweden because of Esso Gunnarsson. It was also driven by Picko Troberg. The wellknown Post Car because of a lokal Swedish rule about luggage room. Owned today by a non racer and is used as an eye-catcher on swap meets and the like. It is not well supported.
Cooper Maserati MkV 1964. Ref. 1 
Cooper Maserati MkV 1964.
The car together with the earlier one Lotus 19 Monaco 1960, taught the Americans to build racing cars of the heavy kind. This model inspired Carol Shelby for his King Cobra. A Cooper MkV chassi and a Ford engine. Then you had all the cars in CanAm serie. The combination Cooper and Maserati led to a F1 car with two victorys. Mexiko and SouthAfrica. 1966/67 with Rodrigues as driver.
Alfa Romeo 33/2 1970. Ref. 1 
Alfa Romeo 33/2 1970.
V8, 1995 cc, 270 ps. Specially developed for round tracks and hill climbs. Driven ones at LeMans with a fourth place.
Lotus 19. 1970. Ref. 1 
Lotus 19. 1970. V8, 1995 cc, 270 ps. Specially developed for round tracks and hill climbs. Driven ones at LeMans with a fourth place.

Pictures from the following owners in bjorns-story.se with the necessary permission:
Reference 1: ©Björn Bellander  bjorn.bellander(at)telia.com
Reference 2: ©Foundation Prestige Bugatti Paul Kestler
Reference 3: ©Auto-Salon-Singen www.auto-salon-singen.de/
Reference 4: ©Sinsheim Auto Museum www.museum-sinsheim.de
Reference 5: ©Classiccar Collection www.carclassic.com
Reference 6: ©Mercedes Benz www.mercedes-benz.se
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