British Car Museum

A unique private collection of more than 400 classic and vintage British cars, commercial vehicles and motoring memorabilia.

The British Car Museum in sunny Te Awanga represents a lifetime's passion - it is the personal and eclectic collection of Ian Hope. Ian has amassed over 400 cars and commercial vehicles (Austin, Bedford, Hillman, Jaguar, Morris, Triumph, Vauxhall and many more) with over 38 Morris Minors alone!

Many rows of cars are on display and enthusiasts could easily get lost among the vehicles. Little rounded A30s stare at the sleek lines of two Jaguars - a 2.8i auto and a d 1982 XJS HE 12 cylinder model. There are three hearses, Vauxhalls, Hillman Minxes, Triumph Heralds and 2000s, Oxfords and Princesses, Rovers and even a 1923 Dennis Fire Engine used by Hastings Fire Service at the time of the Hawkes Bay Earthquake Disaster in 1931.

In addition to the vehicle collection, there is also an extensive array of memorabilia including car badges, number plates and petrol pumps, petrol tins, road signs, AA car badges - in fact, anything you associate with the history of the automobile - even car and aeroplane models and the odd toy automobile!

There is also a rare collection of pianolas and more than 800 of the associated music drums on view.

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