Lyon Air Museum is very excited to announce their special upcoming summer exhibit; “The Elegance of Mercedes-Benz”! From July 1 – August 1, 2016 eight exceptional Mercedes-Benz automobiles will be presented at the stunning 30,000 square foot facility.
Lyon Air Museum is a unique event venue in Orange County located on the west side of the airport runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA. The museum regularly showcases world-class historic aircraft and vintage automobiles in addition to restored military motorcycles and vehicles, most of which are still operational.
Four decades of Mercedes-Benz classic automobiles will be represented during the upcoming exhibit, with the incredible supercharged 1937 540K Special Roadster reigning as the earliest example. The graceful curves and chrome accents conveyed elegance to a demanding luxury clientele, while a 3.8 liter engine and independent four-wheel suspension appealed to every driver accused of possessing a lead foot. Only twenty-six 540K Special Roadsters were built between 1936 and 1939, and this impeccable piece of luxury automobile history is one of only six assembled with left-hand drive.
Among the gorgeous and immaculate Mercedes-Benz vehicles featured during the exhibit is a 1939 G4, a six-wheeled open touring car that bore first-hand witness to the entirety of World War II while carrying Germany’s notorious dictator, Adolf Hitler, as a passenger. After the downfall of the infamous Nazi leader, this particular military vehicle handcrafted out of heavy steel and bullet-resistant glass was seized by French forces. To preserve the historical significance of Hitler’s personal G4, restorations have only been completed as necessary, and so Lyon Air Museum guests will be able to marvel at the antique automobile’s original leather interior and accessories.
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet
Additionally, the exquisite 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet on display during the exhibit is one of only 203 of the approximately 560 Type 300Ss that were ever produced. This high-end automobile is an elegant blend of old-world charm and modern form and functionality, featuring glossy walnut accents with chrome trim that invoke romantic visions of being transported into an idyllic Parisian movie scene.
Even with so many outstanding examples of luxury engineering on display, one specific automobile to be featured in Lyon Air Museum’s summer exhibit truly echoes Mercedes-Benz’s reputation as the producer of some of the finest vehicles in the world. The ultra-rare 300D Cabriolet, the last Type 300 produced overall and the only one manufactured in 1962, never fails to astonish every museum visitor. The updated styling reflects exquisite craftsmanship in the hand-crafted leather upholstery and spacious interior, and factory options for a VHF short-wave telephone and dictation machine also made it attractive to the wealthy and powerful.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Few sports cars are as recognizable as the gull-wing 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and this classic coupe design stands as a testament to the rich racing heritage of Mercedes. With a top speed of over 160 miles per hour, it was the fastest production car for the time and featured the first-ever production fuel injection system. The 300SL is considered a timeless work of automotive art and is a truly exciting sight to behold for any luxury sports car enthusiast.
Today, the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz continues to be recognized the world over as the epitome of engineering excellence. Lyon Air Museum visitors will be able to enjoy seeing all of the above vehicles, in addition to three other specially curated Mercedes-Benz automobiles during the month-long exhibit. The museum also offers guests docent-guided tours designed to illustrate and personalize the rich history of all of the priceless airplanes, automobiles, and military vehicles on display.
Lyon Air Museum is the realization of a dream of founder General William Lyon, a former combat pilot and Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979. The museum regularly shows on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles and is also available as a historically impressive option for any event requiring a facility rental in Orange County.
You won’t want to miss out on the incredible experiences our world-class facility offers! Visit us during the “Elegance of Mercedes Benz” exhibit from July 1- August 1, 2016 for a day that is sure to inspire visitors of all ages for years to come!