Fresh off its debut at the Atlanta High Museum of Art’s wildly successful, Spring 2010 Exhibit, The Allure of the Automobile
, the Herrington Collection has been invited to participate in the Portland Art Museum’s own Allure of the Automobile showing. The exhibit runs from June 11 through September 11, 2011 and will feature just 16 automobiles representing the pinnacle of automotive design — including marques such as Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari. Individual cars were selected based on rarity, craftsmanship and sheer beauty of design. Guest curator Ken Gross, widely respected concours judge, automotive journalist and museum advisor, has hand selected 16 of the world’s finest vintage automobiles for the Portland exhibit, including our Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster.
While The Herrington Collection remains focused on Ferraris, we are fortunate to also own the storied 1937 Von Krieger 540K Spezial Roadster, used by a young Baroness Gisella Von Krieger to escape Nazi Germany, just as WWII broke out.
Von Krieger and her mother fled successively to Zurich, Paris, London — and ultimately to Greenwich, Connecticut —
always staying one step ahead of the Nazis in their fabulous 540K. Stored for over
years in a shed on the grounds of the Homestead Inn in Greenwich from 1953, the Von Krieger Mercedes joined The Herrington Collection in March of 1997, and earned a Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 2004. We are honored and excited to participate in the Portland Art Museum exhibit next Summer. Below is a sampling of photos taken for the book that will be published in conjunction with the show — taken by acclaimed automotive photographer Peter Harholdt. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your thoughts on the Von Krieger 540K.
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