The British Motor Museum has announced that the Vauxhall Heritage Collection display is now open to the public, with 30 vehicles from the heritage fleet on show for visitors to enjoy.
Last week Vauxhall confirmed that its famous heritage collection would now be housed at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire. The famous collection demonstrates the heritage of Britain’s oldest vehicle manufacturer through each decade from the very first 5hp Light Car in 1903.
In 1903 Vauxhall became a car manufacturer and was originally based in the South London suburb, from which it takes its name. After two years, larger premises were needed and Vauxhall Motors moved to a six-acre site in Luton (the former home of the Vauxhall Heritage Centre), where, alongside Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, it still manufactures motor vehicles today.
The collection, which totals 50 cars and vans charts the incredible story of Vauxhall Motors’ rise from a niche sporting car manufacturer to one of the UK’s best-known automotive brands.
Paul Willcox, Vauxhall’s Managing Director said “This is a perfect opportunity for the public to get up close and personal with cars and vans from our collection. There are some extremely rare and valuable vehicles on display, but many that will conjure ‘my-mum-and-dad-had-one-of-those’ memories, too. It paints a wonderful social picture of Vauxhall’s importance to the UK culture, through all the highs and lows of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”
“The British Motor Museum is an ideal choice to display the collection. As the internationally renowned museum all about the rich heritage of Britain’s motor industry and home of the country’s automotive history, it’s a superb venue for the Vauxhall collection.”
Stephen Laing, Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum, said: “We were delighted when Vauxhall approached us to look after its fantastic collection of vehicles, one of the most significant collections from a UK manufacturer. It fits perfectly with the Museum’s aim to broaden even further the range of marques that are represented here at Gaydon and adds a new dimension to the stories we tell about the cars and the people in Britain’s motor industry. With so much choice, it has already been tough making the first selection of 30 cars to display in the Museum!”
The Vauxhall collection is all included as part of the normal Museum admission. 2021 admission prices are: Adults £14.50, Concessions £12.50, Children £9 (5-16 years), under 5’s free, and a Family ticket £40 (2 adults & up to 3 children). Annual Membership is also available. For more information about the Museum please visit the website www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.