My passion for the brand Mercedes-Benz
Nico Ockhuisen explains:
I mainly collect non-restored vehicles but my approach is usually to sell the less desirable models and keep the better ones for my collection. Nico Ockhuisen gets his vehicles from all over the world and continues. I have a worldwide network. For example, this 1957 Ponton was parked in a widow’s garage for nineteen years and driven for only two years. And so every car has its own story. Just like my Mercedes-Benz 220D from a pensioner from Freiburg. He drove it to his holiday home near Lake Constance twice a year and occasionally parked the car on blocks to run the engine. This allowed me to buy the car practically unused. Sometimes I think my passion for the brand helps convince people to sell their car to me because they know their car is in good hands.
Car stories with passion
Because, in anticipation of the future Mercedes museum in Baarn, a selected part of the collection is housed in Gallery Mercedes. At the same time the collection has become accessible to a large group of Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts with whom Nico Ockhuisen can share his passion for the Mercedes-Benz brand. In addition, Nico Ockhuisen can tell his visitors interesting and funny stories during the guided tours. Like a true Mercedes-Benz encyclopedia, he tells one detail after another. For example about the Daimler family, the brand, the Mercedes-Benz star and its cars
How it started!
Nico Ockhuisen explains;
When I was ten I got my first experience behind the wheel of a Mercedes. Later, when I was twelve years old, I visited the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart with my uncle and when I was 17 I bought my first own Mercedes-Benz. It was a W136, type 170 SV from 1954. This would be the first car in a serie of Mercedes-Benz vehicles from the years 1933 to 2011