Kemp Foundation

Kemp Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Kemp Auto Museum is to preserve, maintain, interpret and exhibit rare and vintage automobiles so that future generations may learn from them and continue to explore them for years to come.

To fulfill our mission we focus on education at the Kemp Auto Museum. We offer a variety of educational programs and options. We offer an interactive learning environment that includes audio tours, hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one training classes.

Museum front at dusk

The Foundation

The Fred M. Kemp Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt under Section 501c3. The foundation's mission is to preserve, maintain, display and expand a collection of vintage antique, classic and contemporary European automobiles previously owned by Fred M. Kemp. The intent of the foundation is to demonstrate the evolution of European 20th century automotive design and engineering and its impact on the worldwide automotive industry.

The Kemp Auto Museum collection is built from one of the finest and extensive private collections of classic Mercedes automobiles in the world, and includes the acclaimed coupe, cabriolet, sports car and sedan designs from 1886 up to the present. The Museum is dedicated to the foundation's purpose of furthering the education and the appreciation of rare and vintage automobiles.

Because Mercedes has been the leader in this design and engineering progression, the majority of the collection is comprised of pivotal, innovative and historical Mercedes automobiles.

Fred M. Kemp

Fred M. Kemp

A son of German immigrants, Fred M. Kemp graduated from Soldan High School, enlisted in the Navy, and then later graduated from the Washington University School of Architecture in 1950. After working for other builders in St. Louis, he formed what was to eventually become Kemp Homes in 1954.

Beginning with a few homes in Webster Groves, Mr. Kemp emphasized progressive architectural design and went on to build some 10,000 homes in the St. Louis area. He was President of the St. Louis Homebuilders Association in 1966. Mr. Kemp has also built apartments and commercial buildings.

Mr. Kemp was also known for playing jazz piano.

An avid Mercedes automobile collector, Mr. Kemp has assembled one of the world’s largest Mercedes collections and formed the Fred M. Kemp Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that has created the Kemp Auto Museum.