Santa Ana, Calif., June 6, 2016 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to host “The Elegance of Mercedes-Benz” exhibit.  Eight exemplary Mercedes-Benz automobiles will be presented alongside vintage aircraft, July 1 – August 1, 2016 at the Museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.  
 
1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing "The Elegance of Mercedes Benz" lyonairmuseum.org
 
Few global brands evoke the style, sophistication and engineering prowess that is Mercedes-Benz.  Recognizing this, Lyon Air Museum is excited to share with its visitors “The Elegance of Mercedes-Benz” exhibition this summer.  Four decades of Merecedes-Benz are represented, beginning with an extraordinary race-inspired 1937 supercharged 540K Special Roadster, considered by many as the pinnacle of 1930s luxury automobile design.  Of the twenty-six 540K Special Roadsters built between 1936 and 1939, this impeccably restored, ultra rare example is one of only four built with left-hand drive. 
Among the elegant Mercedes-Benz featured during the exhibit is a massive seven-passenger six-wheeled open touring car that carried one of the most reviled dictators of all time, Adolf Hitler.   Delivered to the Nazi leader in August of 1939, just days before the German invasion of Poland, and the beginning of World War II, this vehicle was used by Hitler in Poland, France and Germany during his iniquitous attempted conquest of Europe.  It was later seized by French forces and is now preserved for the educational benefit of future generations.   It’s displayed with much of its original leather interior, bullet-proof glass, and built-in pistol holders.  
 
Also immersed in World War II history and on display is the legendary “Mannerheim Grosser Mercedes,” a 1941 770K recently awarded “first in class” at the prestigious 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  770Ks were favorites among heads of states and other dignitaries on ceremonial occasions, with this world-renowned example formally belonging to World War II Field Marshal Mannerheim of Finland.  
 
1941 Mercedes Benz 770K Mannerheim Grosser Mercedes
 
Lyon Air Museum represents the realization of a dream of founder General William Lyon of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.  As a former combat pilot, and ultimately Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, his passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the museum, General Lyon has created a world-class facility, offering educational tours and displays to inspire young people.  The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.
 
Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA  92707.  
P: 714/210-4585.     E: info@lyonairmuseum.org.     W: www.lyonairmuseum.org. 
 
Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission rates: General admission--$12; Seniors and Veterans--$9; Ages 5-17--$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor.   
 
 
Media Contact: Corrin Quezada
                        Lyon Air Museum
                         714/210-4585
                        corrinquezada@lyonairmuseum.org

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