Collection of mascots
Mascots are the figurines that decorate radiator caps. Mercedes Benz’s star in a circle or Rolls Royce’s “Spirit of Ecstasy” are some of the best known designs by carmakers. Other manufacturers allowed their customers to select their own mascot until 1958. They could choose from thousands of models representing humans or animals, and thus choose the message they wanted to convey to other motorists: from an aggressive dog warning others to stay back, to a timid little kitten, every driver’s personality, whether serious, funny or carefree, could be paraded on their bonnet.
This collection of 101 toy cars exhibits a century of motorcar history through the dreams of young children and how they saw “Daddy’s car”. Latest models include mainly French and European cars. Several date back to the beginning of the 20th century, including rare, sought-after little Citroëns and even Eureka vehicles, a popular children’s toy from 1920 to 1940.