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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust

Friends Reviews

Previous Activities

Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2013 

Find out how the National Motor Museum Trust and Caravan Club got involved in the national 'Kids in Museums' takeover day.


What's New

Photographic Albums 

A page from one of the photograph albums loaned to the Museum.

A page from one of the photograph albums loaned to the Museum.

Five photograph albums detailing exploration trips made to Egypt during 1920s have been temporarily loaned to us for copying and identification, before the originals are given to the National Geographical Society. Permission has been granted to use the images for research and in future exhibitions.


The Collection may be viewed by appointment and we welcome enquiries from the public, students and academics.

For further information contact:

Shell Advertising Art Collection

National Motor Museum



SO42 7ZN

Telephone: 01590 614697


About the Reference Library

Originally located in the old kitchens of Palace House, the library was opened by Edward, Lord Montagu on 28 April 1961. Based on his father’s collection of motoring books and journals, the library was later moved to the John Montagu Building and officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent on 4 July 1973 before finally being transferred to its present location in the National Motor Museum Trust Collections Centre on 6 November 1989.

The library has grown substantially over the years to become one of the largest resources of its type anywhere in the world covering cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles to horse-drawn carriage material dating from the 1880s onwards. The majority of the Collection is in English but also includes a number of foreign language publications.

Story of Motoring

Highlights from the Reference Library

Previous Exhibitions

About the National Motor Museum Trust

1922 Maxwell 30cwt Charabanc

The National Motor Museum Trust Limited is a charitable organisation founded in 1972, which runs the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Continuing the work of the flagship Montagu Motor Museum, the Trust has a world famous collection of vehicles and associated motoring items, which are on display in the National Motor Museum. The nearby Collections Centre houses and cares for a vast array of images, books and items all related to motoring.

Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust

The Friends support the work of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in its considerable task of preserving Britain’s diverse motoring heritage. Support is interpreted in its widest sense with the most important contribution being through membership subscriptions.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteer packing art works

There are opportunities to work with National Motor Museum staff on a voluntary basis in many of our collections.

Whether your particular interests are in motoring costume, artwork, motorsport, social history or motor engineering, you will find something which appeals. Both research and hands-on skills are needed to help our staff develop the collections.

You needn't be an expert in motoring history to become a member of our team, just have an enthusiastic and flexible approach. The amount of time each volunteer gives us varies from one to several days per week. Training is provided and many benefits are offered including free membership of the Friends.

We are always delighted to welcome new volunteers. Please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Helen Keisel, for more information or use the online form if you are interested in joining us.

List of Vehicles in the Collection

Explore the vehicles in our Collections and see which ones are on display in the National Motor Museum. Please note that vehicles on display can change at short notice. If there is a particular vehicle that you wish to view please contact us on 01590 614541 in advance of your visit to check that it is on display. You can also sponsor any vehicle in the Museum owned by the National Motor Museum Trust.

Motoring Objects

Accessibility for this site

The National Motor Museum Trust web site has been built with findability, accessibility and usability in mind, so we hope you can find, access and use the information you need. This page explains the accessibility features available on the web site.

What's New

How to join the Friends

To join the Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust please download and complete these membership forms and when complete post them to:

Theresa Browning Friends Membership Secretary
The National Motor Museum Trust
SO42 7ZN


Highlights of the Motoring Archives

How to Access the Collections

Access to the Vehicle Collection 

Most of the vehicles we have in the Collection are on display in the National Motor Museum.

About the Shell Heritage Art Collection

The Shell Heritage Art Collection is one of the most important collections of commercial art in Britain. It spans the period from the 1900s to the 1980s and contains some of the most memorable advertising ever produced in Britain.

The collection contains posters, press advertisements, paintings and illustrations, as well as early postcards, books and a unique collection of Valentine cards. Previously stored at Shell-Mex House in London, the Shell Heritage Art Collection has been housed at Beaulieu since May 1993.

Caring for the Collections

The National Motor Museum has a responsibility to care for its Collections to ensure they are preserved for future generations to enjoy. The Collections Team and the enthusiastic volunteers and students who work alongside them undertake specialist tasks on all kinds of items. See below for more details.

A War Office inspection of a Red Cross unit in a converted Winchester Caravan, 1939.

During the Second World War, strict petrol rationing was put in place. This reduced the ability to go on a caravan touring holiday. Instead, many caravans took on a new role as a family home. Some Britons used their caravans to escape bombing raids while others who had lost their homes used caravans for shelter. Meanwhile, many caravan manufacturers turned their attention to producing vans for the war effort, including ambulances.

Can you Help?

The Club is currently gathering material on the theme of ‘Caravanning in World War Two’. We are looking for photographs, ephemera, information and personal memories on the use of the caravan in Britain during the conflict of the Second World War.

If you would like further information, or have an item you would like to donate please get in touch with The Caravan Club Collection.

The Caravan Club and Caravanning Information Sheets

Download these information sheets to find out more about the history of The Caravan Club and caravanning.

Highlights of The Caravan Club Collection

Caravan Club Frequently Asked Questions

This page lists some of the most frequently asked questions received by The Caravan Club about their Collection.

Caravan Club Road Rallies

Finding Us

The National Motor Museum and Collections Centre are situated at Beaulieu in Hampshire. The location is within the New Forest, between Bournemouth and Southampton.

Explore Film and Video Clips from the Film and Video Library

Digitising the Ford Film & Video Collection

The Film & Video Library have been uploading a range of films from the Ford Film & Video Collection on to the dedicated Ford Heritage YouTube channel, including the 1969 launch film of the Ford Capri Mark I. Set around the glamorous marina in Lisbon, Portugal, this film was produced to market the Capri as “the car you always promised yourself”.


The Hon. Ralph Montagu opening the ProMotion Exhibition

The Hon. Ralph Montagu opening the ProMotion Exhibition

This exhibition has now ended.

For almost as long as there have been motor vehicles on the road, publicity-conscious firms have built special bodywork to advertise their products. the first 'bottle' appeared on the roads in 1906. Other such vehicles were transformed into tubes of toothpaste, wireless sets, batteries, bottles of ink, shoes, barrels of beer and so on.

Museums and Galleries Month 2008

We worked in partnership with St Barbe Museum, New Forest Centre, local schools and the New Forest Poetry Society to produce a series of poems in response to each museum's collections. These were displayed within each museum and then an exhibition of all the poets' and students' work was shown at the New Forest Centre in July 2008.

This successful project was a fantastic opportunity for audiences to bring our exhibits to life with their different stories.

Summer Workshops 

We run creative activities for children and families every August using the Museum Collections as inspiration. We have given prizes for the best pieces produced by those children who have taken part. Activities have included writing sessions with New Forest poet Keith Bennett, science based construction sessions with SciHi and art workshops with members of the Education Department.

Highlights of the Photographic Collection


The Competition

Highlights of the Motoring Archives

The People

Summer Workshops

Pat Moss-Carlsson

Winner of first ever Caravan Road Rally D.O. Fellows

About the Caravan Road Rally Project

Rally Driver Pat Moss–Carlsson

Professional Rally Driver Tony Pond

Competitor at first ever Road Rally John Wright

Fun Activities

The Rules

Volunteer Rally Marshal Ray Smith

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Norton 30M Manx

On Display

The Manx Norton is one of the most famous racing motorcycles of the post-war years. Norton had been very successful with single-cylinder racing bikes in the 1930s, and in the late 1940s those machines were developed into the Model 40 (350cc) and Model 30 (500cc) Manx. The new ‘featherbed’ frame was used for the works team in 1950 and was made available to customers from 1951. Limited numbers of ‘production’ bikes were built each year and sold only to chosen customers.

Many famous riders rode Manx Nortons. Mike Hailwood scored a notable victory on a privately entered Manx in the 1961 Senior TT. Parent company AMC withdrew from racing bike production that year.

ValvesOverhead camshaft
Output44bhp at 6,500rpm
Maximum speed140mph/225.3kph
Performance0-60mph 9 seconds (dependent on tuning)
Price new£496
ManufacturerNorton Motors Ltd
Loaned byPrivate Owner


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