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Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha Benz, pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.
Replica 1885 Post Office Delivery Pentacycle
Following the invention of the "Penny Farthing" in 1871 the Post Office looked into ways of using cycles to deliver the increasing volume, and hence weight of post.
The Model T
The Ford Model T is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile.
1905 Kerry 248cc 2.25Hp Single Cylinder with pedals to assist progress
By 1902 - when the name Kerry was chosen by the East London Rubber Company for its motorcycle offerings - indigenous engines were still lacking, so Belgian FN or Kelecon engines were used. The 1903 Motor Car act raised the speed limit to 20mph, a figure this motorcycle could probably achieve given a good road, energetic rider and a following wind.
1912 Braithwaite Over head valve Motorcycle
The example shown here is believed to be the sole survivor. EC981 was used by Bert Braithwaite for many years, with regular updates to the motorcycle. New girder forks and electric lighting, then removing the engine and fitting into a 1920s Brough-Superior frame, with a 4 speed gearbox, chain drive and pneumatic (compressed air) telescopic forks.
1930s Dodgem Car from New Brighton on Merseyside
Before the well known electric powered ‘Bumper Cars’ came to popularity these sturdy, well built cars were driven around a track, watched over by attendants who would stand on the running board mounted brake to bring the car to a stop if your time was up or you were misbehaving.
Bentley 4 ¼ Standard Steel Park Ward Body
A stunning example of a Derby built Bentley, with a fascinating history and unique blue colour. This vehicle was owned and driven by the world land and water speed record holder, Donald Campbell, hence the colour, Bluebird Blue. The body is the Standard Steel type, produced by Park Ward Coachbuilders.
C1937 Shell Oil cabinet with ‘robot’ oil man
In a world before television, mobile phones and the internet many companies relied upon advertising posters and displays to attract customers. These were often positioned in railways, bus stops, on the London Underground, or other places people stood, including petrol stations. This oil cabinet with its bold and iconic robot design made Shell Oil a popular choice for 1930s motorists.
c1948 Burlingham Langdale Caravan
Herbert Victor Burlingham set up a coachbuilding firm in Blackpool in 1928. They built bodies for various vehicles but began to specialise in the bodies for coaches for holiday and long-distance travel. In 1930 Mr Burlingham sold his company and moved to Garstang where he founded Burlingham Caravans – still in operation today as caravan sales and servicing company but no longer manufacturing ‘vans. Burlingham coachbuilders become part of Duple Motor Bodies in 1960, which closed in 1989.
1948 HRD Vincent Black Lightening 998cc V-Twin
Vincent Motorcycles was a British manufacturer of ;motorcycles from 1928 to 1955 and is often described as the Rolls Royce of the motorcycle world. The 1948 Vincent Black Shadow was at the time the world's fastest production motorcycle and contributed to the company’s phenomenal success in the 1950s.
Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe
A classic Jaguar with a strong tradition of rallying. The XK series was conceived by William Lyons as a two seater roadster on a short wheelbase chassis, powered by a twin-cam straight six engine. This vehicle had an extensive rallying history in the hands of G H F ‘Bobby’ Parkes.
The Seat Belt
The seat belt, also known as a safety belt, is a vehicle safety device designed to secure the occupant of a vehicle against harmful movement that may result during a collision or a sudden stop.
1961 Bluebird Senator Static Caravan 6 Berth with 2 fold down beds
New in 1961 to a site at Egglestone Abbey near Barnard Castle, the van was bought by the Smith family when it was just a year old. It then moved to nearby Winston, County Durham, and in 1964 to Low Moor Farm, Kirkby Thore, 8 miles east of Penrith. The Smith family maintained and used the caravan on the same site until September 2012. Planning regulations meant it was repainted from its original bright blue exterior colour to the current colours to help limit the visual appearance of caravan sites within the landscape.
Austin Junior 40 (J40)
A total of almost 32,000 J40s were produced from 1950 to 1971. They were made using off-cuts of metal supplied by Austin’s Longbridge factory.
1972 Ford Escort Mexico 1600
One of the most talked about cars on display – every Ford fan loves the Mex. Combine the delights of racing, rallying, football and Ford’s ability to turn the everyday into the aspirational and you get the Mexico.
Bluebird Electric 1
Bluebird Electric 1 broke the British speed record for an electric vehicle in 1997. The car continued the tradition of the record-breaking Campbell family as Bluebird Electric 1 was developed and driven by Don Wales, the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell.
The First Hybrid Cars
Ferdinand Porsche developed the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile in the world in 1901 but it did not become widely available until the release of the Toyota Prius in Japan in 1997, followed by the Honda Insight in 1999.
2000 TVR Cerbera Speed 12
TVR was well known for wowing the motor show crowds and project 7/12 appeared as a concept at the 1996 Birmingham show. This was developed to become the Cerbera Speed 12 using two Cerbera cylinder blocks and heads on a V12 crankcase – allowing up to 1000Hp!
John McGuiness 2007 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade
John McGuiness rode this bike to win the 2007 Senior TT, 2007 Superbike TT, 2008 Senior TT, 2008 Superbike TT. This was also the first bike to exceed a 130mph average lap time in 2007.