Monday, July 9, 2012

York Motor Museum

The York Motor Museum was established by Perth entrepreneur and car collector, Peter Briggs in 1979. Located in an elegant heritage building in the centre of York, the museum displays a rotating collection of some 150 classic cars.

I don't recall what this little single cylinder veteran was. It used to be part of the Western Australian museum collection.

Bowen Spacelander bicycle from 1960.

The ubiquitous Austin Seven in the lobby.

View of the first hall

1948 Morris Minor Tourer and a Jaguar XF

Toyota s-800. This model was introduced in 1965 but never imported into Australia. It was imported by Peter Briggs from the US.

1954 Alvis TC 21 Drophead Coupe and 1934 MG PA Airline Coupe

Shelly takes the 'arty' photos.

Speedway racers

The extraordinary 1904 Napier L48 "Samson." This was the first British car to exceed 100 miles per hour. It was built especially to compete in the Gordon Bennett Trophy. In 1905 the car broke 105 miles per hour at Daytona in the US.

The distinctive wrap around radiator is constructed of 74 metres of copper tubing. It gave the car a very modern and streamlined appearance.

Bentley - this car was involved in the centenary Peking to Paris run in 2007

Dennis fire engine

1913 Peugeot Bebe

1906 Cadillac

Two American high wheelers - 1903 Oldsmobile and a 1906 Holsman Highwheeler. These old fashioned, carriage-like cars were quite popular in the US and outback Australia, where their high road clearance allowed them to navigate over poor quality roads and rough bush tracks.

1896 De Dion Bouton tricycle

1910 Bedelia cyclecar. Powered by a twin V motorcycle engine, these little French cyclecars quite fast and made popular little racers. This one was raced during the 1960s! When I was at school I was quite fascinated by cyclecars and dreamed of building a replica Bedelia. The main body is light plywood and the wheels and much of the running gear is of bicycle origin.

Lambretta 125D

The eccentric Scott Flying Squirrel. These odd motorcycles were introduced in 1922 and continued in production until 1940.

The Australian Six was an inter-war attempt to develop an indigenous automobile industry. The car was actually constructed with a large number of imported parts, including the engines, making them something of a hotch-potch. The cars were not very well made and as spare parts were not available locally they became increasingly difficult to keep on the road.

500 were built, of which only 16 survive.

Dutch Nimbus

1960 Ford Falcon

Falcon bonnet

1950 Carter Electric Invalid Chair

The striking 1952 Tatra T600 Tatraplan.

Tatra interior

Tatra's streamlined rear-end. 1952cc 4 cylinder air cooled engine.

The oldest Volkswagen in Australia. This 1946 model was amongst the first VWs built after the war. It was imported into Australia in 1951 by Mr and Mrs Hanael. In 1961, to celebrate the delivery of the 100,00th VW in Australia, VW tracked down the Hanael's and gave them a new VW in exchange for theirs. The Hanael's car was put on display for several years before it was bought by Peter Briggs.

The spartan interior of the 1946 Volkswagen

1956 BMW Isetta


The old Mobil Oil logo

Old bowser lamps

1 comment:

  1. G'day Paul, I'm doing a story on a guy who collects Aussie cars including Australian Six's. He mentioned the Australian Six of Peter Briggs in WA, of which you have photos here. Asking, If I can't obtain photos's elsewhere of this car would I be able to get permission to use your photos? Of course with attribution to yourself.
    Mal Harris