Coventry Transport MuseumEdit profile
The Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) is a major motor museum, located in Coventry City Centre, England. It houses the most extensive collection of British-made road transport in the world. It is located in Coventry because the city was previously the centre of the British car industry. Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum has a full time archive department, which deals with a hugh array of historical items, and offers a public enquiry service answering questions and finding items and information. Enquiries can be made via the main website. There are more than 240 cars and commercial vehicles, 100 motorcycles, 200 bicycles. The most notable exhibits in the museum are Thrust2 and ThrustSSC, the British jet cars which broke the land speed record in 1983 and 1997 respectively. 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 (Minimetro) previously owned by Lady Diana Spencer, a Ford Escort MK2, Hillman Imp, Triumph Acclaim, Talbot Sunbeam, Talbot Horizon, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 405 and the De Lorean (DMC) 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 very bus the Coventry City football team paraded in after their victory in the FA final in 1987. A vast array of 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.