- Coventry Transport Museum
Coventry Transport Museum Location Coventry, England Type Transport Museum Director Gary Hall Curator Steve Bagley Public transit access Coventry Railway Station (London Euston to Birmingham line) 15 minutes walk or buses numbered 17, 27, 49 stop near the Museum. Website transport-museum.com
The Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) is a motor museum, located in Coventry City Centre, England. It houses a collection of British-made road transport. It is located in Coventry because the city was previously the centre of the British car industry. There are more than 240 cars and commercial vehicles, 100 motorcycles, 200 bicycles. Admission to the museum is free. It has a full time archive department, which deals with an array of historical items, and offers a public enquiry service answering questions and finding items and information.
Notable exhibits in the museum are Thrust2 and ThrustSSC, the British jet cars which broke the land speed record in 1983 and 1997 respectively and some of the Royal cars - Queen Mary's and King George VI's State limousines.
Many "conventional" cars are in the collection, including an Austin Allegro, an Austin Metro previously owned by Lady Diana Spencer, a Ford Escort MK2, Hillman Imp, Triumph Acclaim, Talbot Sunbeam, Talbot Horizon, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 405 and a DeLorean DMC-12 car made famous by the Back to The Future films. A Humber staff car used by General Montgomery during the Second World War is also on display.
The museum displays many Jaguars and other Coventry built cars such as the Triumph, Humber and Standard marques, an Alvis tank, Massey Ferguson tractors, and Coventry built buses, including the bus that the Coventry City football team paraded in after their victory in the 1987 FA Cup Final. Coventry motorcycle marques are also represented in the museum's collection including: Triumph, Francis-Barnett, Rudge-Whitworth, and Coventry-Eagle and it is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.
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