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AC Shelby Cobra 427

Arguably one of the most sensational sports cars ever built. American racing driver Carroll Shelby developed the Cobra from the AC Ace in 1962. They were built by AC in Thames Ditton and shipped to Shelby’s works in California for the installation of the Ford V8 engine. Initially, these were 4,260cc but soon enlarged to 4,736cc (289 cubic inches). From 1965 the even more powerful 6,997cc or 427 cubic inch engine was an option. Even Shelby admitted the 427 was a handful. 1,008 Cobras were built, with only a small number being sold in Europe.

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AC Shelby Cobra 427
AC Shelby Cobra 427

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce SIlver Ghost

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow MkI

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow MkI

Rolls Royce Black Badge

Rolls Royce Black Badge Daewn

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The Rolls-Royce 40/50 or Silver Ghost is one of the most famous cars ever built. This example originally had a seven-seat tourer body by Hooper of London. It was rebuilt as a hearse by Craigie & Mitchell of Laurencekirk in 1924 and later used as a breakdown truck by John Morris, the Dundee Rolls-Royce agents. In 1954 it was acquired by Lord Edward Montagu. The current Roi des Belges style body was built by Leslie Willis in 1961.

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By Rolls-Royce standards, the Silver Shadow was quite revolutionary. When launched in 1965 it marked a clear change in the company’s approach to luxury car building. Gone were the traditional separate chassis and coach-built body, to be replaced by unitary construction, four-wheel disc brakes and self-levelling suspension system. It had taken nearly ten years to develop but the Silver Shadow would prove to be a winner for Rolls-Royce. Over 40,000 examples of the car and its derivatives were built up to 1995.

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The Rolls Royce Dawn was built in order to replace the earlier 2-door open top car model, the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. The Dawn was built on the basis of the Rolls Royce Ghost unlike the earlier model which was based on the 7th Generation Rolls Royce Phantom, The Flagship car model of Rolls Royce Motor cars until the arrival of the 8th Generation and the Rolls Royce Phantom coupé. The Rolls Royce Dawn is the last open top combustion car made by the Rolls Royce Motor Cars. Wraith and Dawn are the only remaining Rolls-Royce vehicles using a BMW platform, so their demise was quite expected. It's confirmed that the Spectre replaces the Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupé and the Dawn Cabriolet.

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn 851 Speedster (1935)

Auburn built some of America’s best known and most stylish cars in the late 1920s and 1930s. The 851 Speedster, powered by a supercharged Lycoming engine, was introduced for 1935. The boat-tailed body was the work of Duesenberg designer Gordon Buerhig. All Auburn Speedsters were tested to over 100mph by the record breaker Ab Jenkins, as recorded by the autographed plate on the dashboard. Entrepreneur Errett Lobban Cord rescued Auburn from obscurity in 1924. He acquired Duesenberg and the engine manufacturer Lycoming in 1926, before creating the new Cord marque in late 1929. Auburn was one of only two American car manufacturers to actually increase their sales figures during the great depression of 1931. After that Auburn’s sales dropped and the 851 was to be the company’s swansong, with production ending in late 1936. Cord and Duesenberg ceased production soon after.

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Porsche 917K

Porsche 917K (1969) Porsche 917K (1969)
Porsche 917K (1969)
Porsche 917K (1969)

The Porsche 917 is one of the most successful racing cars ever. This car, chassis 917-13, competed during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. In 1970 it appeared in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans, crashing during filming while driven by David Piper. The rebuilt 917-013 was raced by the JW Automotive/Gulf team during 1971, winning races at Daytona, the Österreichring, Monza and Monthléry with drivers such as Pedro Rodriguez, Jo Siffert, Jackie Oliver and Derek Bell. Porsche took just seven months to design and build the first 25 917s required to meet new World Sportscar Championship regulations in 1969. The cars were incredibly successful, winning nearly every race for the next two seasons. The 917/10 and 917/30 spyder, or open cockpit, versions went on to dominate the Can-Am Championship in North America. In this form, the air-cooled, flat-12 engine was developed to produce over 1,100bhp.

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Lotus

Lotus 49 R3

Lotus 49 R3

Lotus 49 R3

Lotus 49 R3

Lotus E20

Lotus E20

The Lotus 49 was the first car to use the legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, which also formed an integral part of the vehicle’s chassis. It won its first race, the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix, driven by Jim Clark. This car, chassis R3, was built overnight for Graham Hill to drive in the 1967 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It was sold after the 1968 South African Grand Prix and was raced with great success by John Love in Southern Africa until 1970. The origins of Lotus date back to an Austin Seven based trials car built by Colin Chapman in 1947. The first Lotus single-seat racing car was the 12, a Formula Two car of 1957. Lotus became masters of the rear-engine layout pioneered by Cooper and built a string of successful Formula One cars from the early 1960s onwards.

The Renault-powered Lotus E20 was driven throughout the 2012 Formula One season by Romain Grosjean and former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen. That year there was no dominant team and eight different drivers won races, Räikkönen achieved seven podium finishes, including victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He finished the season third in the Drivers’ Championship. Lotus were fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. The modern Lotus F1 Team carries the name of its branding partner, sports car manufacturer Lotus Cars. In 2011 they ran as Lotus Renault GP. Prior to that the team was owned by Renault and was called Renault F1 Team, winning the World Championship in 2005 and 2006. Between 1986 and 2001 the team was called Benetton, winning Championships in 1994 and 1995. The team’s origins date back to 1981 when they were known as Toleman.

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Costin-Nathan Prototype

Costin-Nathan Prototype

Williams Renault FW18

Williams Renault FW18

Willys MB Jeep

Willys MB Jeep

Bugatti Type 15

Bugatti Type 15

Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar E-Type

Rover 14 - Ford Anglia E494A - Morris Eight Series II

Rover 14 - Ford Anglia E494A - Morris Eight Series II

Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Litre

Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Litre

Allard Chrysler Dragster

Allard Chrysler Dragster

De Dion Bouton 6hp

De Dion Bouton 6hp

Napier "Gordon Bennett"

Napier "Gordon Bennett"

Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Litre

Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Litre

Bugatti Radiator

Bugatti Radiator

De Dietrich 24hp

De Dietrich 24hp

Austin Badge

Austin Badge

Ford GT40

Ford GT40

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Humber 8hp

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Morris Minor

Humber 8hp

Humber 8hp

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Willys MB Jeep 1943-8133 copy

Vauxhall Prince Henry 1914-8099 copy

Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MkIIA-8257 copy

Sunbeam 12-16hp-8283 copy

Service Bay-8136 copy

Rolls-Royce 40-50 Phantom II 1933-8198 copy

Rolls-Royce 40-50 New Phantom-8256 copy

Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge Interior-8216 copy

Renault 1¾hp 1899-8087 copy

Mercedes-Benz Model S 36-220-8253 copy

Lotus Esprit 1989-8228 copy

Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Litre 1960-8232 copy

Humber 8hp 1909-8093 copy

Ford Model T 1914-8110 copy

Ford GT40 1967-8235 copy

Daimler TL30 Bottle Car 1924-8152 copy Daimler Cannstatt 1898-8092 copy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-8240 copy Bugatti Type 15 1910-8097 copy Bean Short 14-8146 copy Aston Martin DBS Superleggera-8190 copy
Alvis Speed 25-8264 copy Volkswagen XL1-8281 copy

Unic Taxi Cab 1908-8102 copy

Sunbeam 12-16hp 1914-8101 copy

Rolls-Royce 40-50 Phantom II-8224 copy

Riley 2½ Litre RMB-8265 copy

Porsche 917K-8244 copy

Porsche 917K 1969-8237 copy

Morris Cowley Bullnose 1924-8155 copy

Mercedes-Benz Model S 36-220 1928-8113 copy

Lotus Elite Series II and Triumph TR2-8252 copy 2

Jensen Interceptor 1969-8231 copy

Garage Workshop-8169 copy

Garage Workshop-8166 copy

Ford Anglia E494A 1949-8126 copy

Daimler 22hp 1903-8089 copy Cadillac Bel Air-8187 copy Brush Pony electric milk float 1947-8142 copy Austin-Healey 100M 1956-8202 copy Aston Martin DB5 James Bond-8121 copy
Vauxhall Ten-Four H-Type Saloon 1939-8254 copy

Triumph Scrambler-8118 copy

Triumph Scrambler-8117 copy

Sunbeam 3-Litre Coupe De L’Auto-8292 copy

Rolls-Royce 40-50 Phantom II-8221

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1909-8076 copy

Riley 2½ Litre RMB 1948-8263-2 copy

Napier Gordon Bennett 1903-8293 copy

MG MGC GT 1968-8204 copy

Mazda 110S Cosmo-8282 copy

Lancia Tipo da Corsa 1910-8098 copy

Jaguar E-Type 1962-8234 copy

Garage Workshop-8167 copy

Frazer Nash Colmore 1932-8251 copy

Fiat 3.5hp-8082 copy

Connaught L3-SR 1953-8301 copy Cadillac Bel Air and some Aston Martin cars-8184 copy Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged 1930-8290 copy Auburn 851 Speedster 1935-8115 copy Auburn 851 Speedster 1935-8114 copy Argyll 15-30hp 1913-8095 copy
About National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

The museum was founded in 1952 by Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, as a tribute to his father, John, 2nd Baron Montagu, who was one of the pioneers of motoring in the United Kingdom, being the first person to drive a motor car into the yard of the Houses of Parliament, and having introduced King Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales) to motoring during the 1890s.

At first, the museum consisted of just five cars and a small collection of automobilia displayed in the front hall of Lord Montagu's ancestral home, Palace House; but such was the popularity of this small display that the collection soon outgrew its home, and was transferred to wooden sheds in the grounds of the house. The reputation and popularity of the Beaulieu collection continued to grow: during 1959, the museum's "attendance figures" reached 296,909.

By 1964, annual attendance exceeded the half a million mark and a decision was taken to create a purpose-built museum building in the grounds of the Beaulieu estate. By 1972, the collection exceeded 300 exhibits. In a ceremony performed by the Duke of Kent the new purpose-built museum building in the parkland surrounding Palace House was opened on 4 July 1972: the name was changed to the "National Motor Museum", reflecting a change of status from a private collection to a charitable trust and highlighting Montagu's stated aim to provide Britain with a National Motor Museum "worthy of the great achievements of its motor industry". The opening of the museum coincided with the UK launch of the Jaguar XJ12 which made it an appropriate week for celebrating the UK motor industry. The museum is run by the National Motor Museum Trust Ltd, a registered charity.

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