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Car Collection

Today, the car collection is nearly 300 strong. The base of the collection stems from the Trust’s historic beginnings as British Leyland (BL) Heritage but it now takes in smaller manufacturers such as Morgan and niche producers such as Land Rover and Jaguar, as well as the mainstream producers from the past, such as Austin and Morris.

The Trust also works closely with the heritage arms of Britain’s major car concerns, including Ford, Jaguar and Vauxhall, to bring some of their historic vehicles to the museum for visitors to enjoy.

Collecting Policy

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust owns collections which record the history of motor car manufacture in Britain. This includes a wide range of historical items which help describe the long and varied history of the motor industry, since its early beginnings more than one hundred years ago. Every item that it collects has been made by or is connected to British motor manufacturers.

The central purpose of The Trust’s Collecting Policy is:

“To collect, for the benefit of the nation, motor vehicles, artefacts and archive material relating to the British motor industry.”

Space to store and display vehicles is always at a premium, so the Trust is limited to collecting vehicles that have some historic significance and are not already represented in the collection. Every item that it collects has been made by or is connected to British motor manufacturers.

Donating a Vehicle

Should you be interested in donating a vehicle to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, the person to contact is our curator. Please email with as much detail about the car as possible to: enquiries@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

Related Pages
Collections Centre

A true ‘behind the scenes’ experience which allows the public to see how we store, and restore, our car collections.

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The Archive, at the British Motor Museum, preserves and provides access to documents, images and film that record the work and achievements of the people who were employed in the British motor industry. 

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