The car wash: Mercedes-Benz Museum Inside No. 20/2020
160 vehicles and a total of 1,500 exhibits are presented in the varied permanent exhibition of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The “33 Extras” are a particular highlight: they can bring the history of personal mobility and motoring culture to life using details that are often surprising. The Mercedes-Benz Museum Inside newsletter series draws attention to the “33 Extras” and focuses on their background stories.
20/33: The car wash
All spick & span: Anyone who values their car not only drives it but also takes care of it – the body as well as the interior. Numerous tools are available for washing and cleaning cars – this includes the “plumeau spécial pour automobiles”, one of the “33 Extras” in the permanent exhibition of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Dust accumulated on the paint finish as the car passed along roads that were often unsurfaced in those days.
Ritual: Washing the car with a sponge and water helps to remove stubborn dirt. After the “economic miracle” of the 1950s, more and more people were able to fulfil their dream of owning their own car. On Saturday afternoons, the car was carefully washed by hand and polished to a high gloss. The ritual was deemed perfect if accompanied by football coverage playing on the car radio.
Dec 01, 2020 at 16:58