Sommer's Automobile Museum

The collection

The cars in Sommer's Automobile Museum have been collected over 50 years. The first cars were for many years lent out to various Danish Museums, and were in 1980 brought together on the top floor in the Sommer Car Dealership at Naerum Hovedgade 1.

The Museum does not exhibit a great number of cars, but the collection is of a quality, which should enable the visitors to share the enthusiasm over technical history and over car history, which has been one of the major influences behind creation of the Museum.

There are several motives: First of all a romantic attitude towards motoring and technique, evident in the choice of sporty creations from the most exciting periods: The years between the two world wars plus the first 20 years after the 2nd WW. The collection also illustrates close relationship to the products Sommer has been involved with: Jaguar which the company imported from 1945 to 1972, and Volvo which was distributed from 1957 to 2003 and finally Gardner Marine Engines which were imported from 1947 to 1993.

The selection of cars is also influenced by a wish to illustrate technical development and to demonstrate how our forefathers long ago experimented with early versions of to-days technical solutions.

The collection also contains examples of constructions created by Sommer - starting in 1950 with an effort to create a Danish car production continued by limited production-runs in 1972/73 plus 1983/85 and also some individual creations.

The description of each car in the Museum comprises the technical specifications supplemented by stories about the motor car itself.

Several of the cars also provide the basis for anecdotes about how Sommer obtained the car in question and the Museum owes thanks to interesting persons at home and abroad, including several good friends, who have assisted in locating the cars or have been persuaded to hand them over to the Museum.

The unique 3-floor Museum building, Naerum Hovedgade 3, was in 2004 designed for museum use, and contains more than 60 veteran and vintage cars in good condition supplemented by 16 engines from cars, aero planes and ships. The collection also comprises app. 2.000 model cars.