As car fans, we all love a trip to a motor museum. The opportunity to see factory-fresh cars and exhibits all perfectly preserved is one that pretty hard to resist, be it cars we remember owning, or ones we could never hope to afford, here’s Diesel Car‘s top three car museums…
1. The Coventry Museum of Transport
Time was that Coventry was very much Britain’s answer to Detroit, with a huge chunk of the UK’s motor industry based in and around the city. Jaguar, Triumph, Peugeot and Daimler have all produced cars in the city at some point so its unsurprising to find an impressive museum in the heart of the city. There’s a wide range of cars covering much more than just those built in the city and best of all, entry is free.
2. Heritage Motor Centre
Opened a little over 20 years ago, Gaydon’s motor heritage centre originally housed the historic cars of British Leyland and the companies born from BL. When BMW sold Rover Group the museum’s focus broadened and today it’s home to the world’s largest collection of British-built cars. Here you’ll find everything from the very first Mini built through to the last Rover 75 to leave Longbridge. It’s a great day out with loads to see, do and learn about.
No top three would be complete without Beaulieu. Arguably one of the most famous car collections in the world, Beaulieu is home to a unique and diverse celebration of all things automotive. It’s easy to spend hours taking in the many motoring icons, both two and four wheeled, on display. From time-warp garage scenes, to Mr Bean’s Mini, there’s a reason it’s called ‘The National Motor Museum’.