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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust

1930s Bentley 4.5L Supercharged

Bentley 4.5L Supercharge

This field defines the caption for the main photo containing the hotspots - for example:
A 1930s Bentley 4.5L Supercharged - only 50 of these cars were ever made.

Hot Spot Example - describes the production process in terms of the ContentCurator tool.
1. Determine page layout in terms of using Blocks A, B or C for the Hotspot Explorer
2. Select appropriate block and set Content type to 'Hotspot explorer'
3. Create the first new item and enter a suitable identifying name in the 'Title' field
3. This first item is the base photo. It must be of size 700px wide with height as set by aspect ratio.
    (NOTE: if this image is more than 450px high it may involve scrolling to view the complete picture)
4. Set this item parameters as follows:
5. Extension 2 field: enter the term 'usemap'
6. Style field: select 'hotspot'
7. Image field: browse image repository to find appropriate hotspot base image and then select it.
8. Image Alt Text field: provides text read out in absence of image
9. Define second and further items - one for each hotspot required
10. Each hotspot items defines an hotspot square in terms of its top left and bottom right corners
11. See each hotspot item for more detail.

1. Wheels

Bentley wheel

34x44.7px Image
This field defines defines the text for the pop up window.
It also demonstrates a link that enables the user to get back to the base photo as an option to using the 'Close' button at the top of the pop up
Link to the main picture. (Note: this link type can be added in amonst this 'Description' text unlike the link type used in the 'Driver's Cab hotspot).
Item Details
1. Title field: contains text for the PopUp that occurs when the cursor hovers over the hotspot.
2. Extension 0 field: contains a numerical sequence number of the hotspots for this photo
3. Extension 1 field: contains the xy co-ordinates for the top left and bottom right corners of the hotspot. (Note: top left corner of base image is 0 (x horiz. axis),0 (y vert. axis).
4. Style field: select 'hotspot_detail'
5. Image field: browse image repository to find appropriate hotspot image (Note: idealy 340x340px image to avoid scrolling, but can be of increased height to balance out large text tracts).
6. Image Alt Text field: provides text read out in absence of image

2. Driver's cab

Bentley cab

34x34px image
As the 'Wheels' item above plus
Additional Item Details
1. Link field: contains link identity to another page on this website, in this case page 4. (Note: this link type is always added to the end of this 'Description' text)
2. Link Text field: contains the text for the above link

3. Interesting widget

Bentley mechanical

330x330px image

4. Amazing Engine

Bentley engine

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Museum Floor Plan

Record Breakers

Our modern industrial world depends for its existence on the rapid and efficient movement of people and freight. A mechanised transportation revolution has taken place over the last two centuries, first with steam and then the internal combustion engine.

In these pages you can trace the story of the motor car from the work of the pioneers that lead to the Birth of Motoring and the beautifully crafted coach built vehicles from the age of Edwardian Elegance. See how during the 1920s, a period typified by a large number of small cars and small firms, major manufacturers battled for the family market and managed to produce the £100 car.

Motoring history is not just about cars. Here you will also find information about commercial vehicles and follow the history of the motorcycle through to the decline of the British motorcycle industry.

You can also find out about sporting uses of the motor car, from the history of the sports car to the exciting world of Grand Prix motor racing and Rallying. Mankind’s ultimate motoring achievements can be discovered in Record Breakers.

On this page there will be: 

  • An application form to join the Volunteers

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Here you can search some of our Collections. This is on-going work and we are adding to this database on a regular basis. Please check back to see the new records and images as they become available.

Current Exhibitions 

Permanent Exhibitions 

Past Exhibitions 

Art of Custom Exhibition 

Art of Custom 

[Art of Custom words]

Jaguar Jamboree 

This new exhibition, opening in Easter will showcase the iconic Jaguar marque with a selection of vehicles from its illustrious past

High Days and Holidays Exhibition 

High Days & Holidays travels in time and place, from Victorians enjoying a day at the seaside to Mods & Rockers, and far off holidays to more familiar locations. It illustrates some of the many ways in which motoring has enabled us to make more of our leisure time, opening up the countryside and helping us enjoy hobbies and holiday pursuits such as a day at the motor races, touring, camping & caravanning. A range of loan boxes related to the exhibition storylines introduce a hands-on element to educational activities.

High Days & Holidays provides a rare glimpse of The National Motor Museum's multi-faceted, internationally significant collections of photographs, archives, library material and objects.

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High Days and Holidays 

Here I would like to hot spot items in the drawer so a box of further information appears ... we may decide that the items need to be rephotographed ?

The kind of information would be:-

Motoring goggles, 1920s These show the standard type of goggles which would have been worn in the early days of motoring, before cars had hard roofs and large windscreens they were necessary to keep the dirt and dust out of the driver’s eyes

The Motor Cycle Magazine/London Show Guide, 1955 Magazine with an article about all the places in the world you can travel to on your motor cycle

Shell Touring Map of Austria, 1970s Map of Dolomites, Trentino, Italy,

1950s Polco Car Compass, liquid filled, and box,1960s An plastic version of a compass which was used to ensure your trip was going in the right direction.

Automobile Association Conversation Handbook for the Use of Tourists, 1950sA guide to the most common languages of Europe.

Passport of William Sutton, 1920s This shows the old style of hardback passport which was modernised in the 1990s to the style we see today.

Jaguar Jamboree 

[Jaguar Jamboree words]

Birth of Motoring Exhibition 

Motor Sports Exhibition 

Record Breakers Exhibition 

Motor Cycle Gallery 

Period Garage 

A permanent, multi award-winning 1930s garage has been created within the Museum, complete down to the last nut and bolt and rusty drainpipe. Whilst the building is a complete fabrication, everything in it - all the fixtures, fittings, tools and ephemera - are genuine artefacts collected over a period of 25 years.
[Period Garage intro wording from BEL -need editing]

Corporate Booths 

Birth of Motoring 

[Birth of Motoring words]

Motor Sports 

[Motor Sports words]

Record Breakers 

[Record Breakers words]

Motor Cycle Gallery 

[Motor Cycle Gallery words]

Corporate Booths 

[Corporate Booths words]

Period Garage 

[Period Garage words]

Commercial Vehicles

1937 advert for Bedford 2 ton and 30cwt trucks.

1937 advert for Bedford 2 ton and 30cwt trucks.

Cars and motor cycles provide personal or family transport for work, errands, sport and general recreation. There are other groups of powered road vehicles which provide a wide range of essential services each day.

Perhaps most vital are vehicles used by the emergency services. A Daimler fire engine of 1888 was the first to utilise a petrol-powered engine for the water pump, whilst horses still provided the motive power. The 1907 Gobron Brillié fire engine at the National Motor Museum has a petrol engine, but uses a steam-driven water pump.

Light vans like the Ford Model T developed rapidly, as increasing mechanical reliability ushered in the change from horse-drawn to petrol-powered deliveries. Most motor manufacturers introduced small vans to their range, usually constructed on car chassis. Initially, they served to carry goods to houses and small businesses from the nearest railway station. Today, the light commercial vehicle is an indispensable part of the nation's distribution network.

Mobile shops conveyed goods to their customers in outlying villages. The National Motor Museum example, built on a 1933 Morris Commercial chassis was used on daily rounds in Battle, East Sussex until 1944.

Private hire and public transport vehicles have developed since the early days of motoring. During the 1890s there was brief competition between horse-drawn hansom cabs and a variety of electric cabs. The first petrol-driven taxis appeared in London in 1903. The French Unic Company was one of the many overseas firms supplying cabs to the British market, though Vauxhall offered motor cabs for sale by 1905.

Steam buses of the late nineteenth century failed to challenge horse-drawn versions. The motor bus was to prove more successful, and by 1905 there were 20 of them operating in London. Demand to accommodate more passengers led to the popularity of the double-decker, of which the National Motor Museum’s 1950 AEC RT is typical. With traffic congestion increasing in our towns and cities, smaller and more versatile buses have been introduced, based on light van chassis. Longer distance excursions by Charabanc were popular from the late Edwardian period into the 1920s. They were the forerunners of the modern motor coach.

Birth of Motoring

1905 Rexette 5hp tricar.

1905 Rexette 5hp tricar.

Producing a self-propelled vehicle occupied minds since the invention of the wheel. Not content with animal- and human-powered options, the Chinese built sailing carriages, later adapted by the Dutch around 1600. The 1820s saw kite-powered carriages plying between Bristol and London if the wind was favourable.

In 1769, Nicholas Cugnot developed the first full-size steam road vehicle. It was designed to pull artillery for the French army, who lost interest after the prototype crashed into a wall.

Steam power persisted, but in 1859 and 1860 engineers Nicholas Otto and Etienne Lenoir worked independently to produce viable internal combustion engines. Again working individually, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created petrol-driven vehicles in the mid 1880s, and their companies joined forces in 1926. Many other famous manufacturers became involved in the motor industry during the 1890s – Renault, Fiat and De Dion Bouton cars all competed for custom. Both steam and electric remained alternative power sources for some years.

There was intense opposition to motor cars in Britain at a time when developments overseas were proceeding. Towards the end of the nineteenth century however, John Henry Knight of Farnham and other motoring pioneers persevered in their endeavours to produce experimental cars.

British Motorcycle Decline

1972 BSA Thunderbolt.

1972 BSA Thunderbolt.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the development of the British motorcycle industry was a great success story. In 1948 when Soichiro Honda was attaching second hand US Army generators to bicycle frames, the British industry enjoyed world leadership. The decline of this once proud industry to the shattered fragments which survive today is one of the saddest stories in British motoring history.

Many factors have been blamed for this rapid decline including post-war austerity, petrol rationing, lack of government support and poor management. While the home market remained buoyant, British manufacturers ignored trends elsewhere, failing to respond effectively to the light-weight inexpensive machines introduced by Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki in the 1960s. By the time motorcycling for fun became fashionable in America in the mid 1960s, the Japanese were firmly in control of the market.

The British fought back briefly with quality machines such as the Norton Commando and BSA/Triumph 3 cylinder models, but this challenge was destroyed when Honda introduced a 4 cylinder, 5 gear 750cc machine at a price they could not match. On a more positive note, Triumph are back in business once again, producing some of the world's most sought-after machines.

A collection of over 100 motorcycles are on permanent display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Edwardian Elegance

1907 Daimler advert for the Motor Carriage De Luxe.

1907 Daimler Motor Carriage De Luxe advert.

Throughout the Edwardian era motoring remained the province of the rich in Britain. During this period cars changed a great deal, as they became comparatively more reliable and refined.

Most manufacturers still produced only the chassis, which would then go to a coachbuilder who would add bodywork to the customer’s preferred design. This system created some remarkably elegant motor bodies.

Both exteriors and interiors retained many direct influences from horse-drawn vehicles. The names of body styles reflected their origins, like coupé, landaulette and phaeton. As the popularity of self-propelled vehicles increased, many of those who had made a living from building horse-drawn carriages switched to the production of car bodies. Lovingly created from fine timbers, beautifully trimmed and carefully hand-painted to a superb standard, some of these Edwardian cars were a tribute to the coachbuilder's craft. The more luxurious cars had fully upholstered seats, carpets and curtains or blinds, like the 1913 Argyll on display at the National Motor Museum. This contrasts sharply with the very basic furnishings of vehicles at the lower end of the market.

First £100 Car

1931 Morris Minor SV 2 Seater.

1931 Morris Minor SV 2 Seater.

A great battle developed around 1930 to produce the first hundred pound car. Morris won the race, with the Morris Minor in 1931. To meet the magic hundred pound target, the car was very basic. Sold without bumpers or chrome fittings, this open two-seater had a three-lamp lighting set. Offering an economical 50mpg, the Minor was Morris's challenge to the Austin 7. In 1935, Ford cut the price of its Model Y saloon (the first all-British Ford) to one hundred pounds, making it the first full sized saloon to be sold at that price in the UK.

The £100 Ford and the £100 Morris are both represented in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

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Honda Supersport CBX1000

On Display

Inspired by the famous six cylinder Honda Grand Prix bikes of the 1960s, the CBX 1000 is widely regarded as one of the most impressive motor cycles of all time. At the time of its launch in 1978 it was the fastest and most powerful road bike in the world.

A specially de-tuned version was produced for the German market where a 100bhp power limit existed.

With such a wide engine even the slightest contact with the ground was likely to result in a very expensive repair bill.

Valves24 Dual Overhead Cam
Output105bhp at 9,000rpm
Maximum speed135mph/217.26kph
Price new£2,578
ManufacturerHonda Motor Co. Ltd


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