Believed to be the largest collection of British cars anywhere in the world, the British Car Museum in sunny Te Awanga represents a lifetime's passion - it is the personal and eclectic collection of Ian Hope.
Address: 63 East Road, Te Awanga, tel 06 8750561 or cell 0272313916
Opening Hours: Weekly Ring First please, Weekends 9am - 4pm
Ian has amassed over 450 cars and commercial vehicles (Austin, Bedford, Commer, Ford, Hillman, Jaguar, Morris, Riley, Standard, Vauxhall and many more) with over 38 Morris Minors alone!
Many rows of cars are on display and enthusiasts could easily get lost among the vehicles. Little rounded A30s stare at the sleek lines of Jaguars - among them a 2.8i auto and a 1982 XJS HE 12 cyl.
There are also Jowetts, Lanchesters, Wolseleys, Sunbeams, Triumphs, Rovers, three hearses and even a 1923 Dennis Fire Engine used by Hastings Fire Service at the time of the Hawke's Bay Earthquake Disaster in 1931. The hand-cranked siren is still attached and Ian encourages children to turn the handle!
In addition to the vehicle collection, there is also an extensive array of memorabilia including car badges, number plates and petrol pumps, petrol tins, road signs, AA car badges, in fact, anything you associate with the history of the automobile - even car and aeroplane models and the odd toy automobile! There is also a rare collection of pianolas and more than 800 of the associated music drums on view.
Adults: $15.00 Under 13: $5.00
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