Vehicles



SUNBEAM 3 litre 1913

MG TA 1937

MG M type 1930

AUSTIN A35 1956

CITROEN Traction Avant 1938

MORRIS OXFORD De Luxe 1914

AUSTIN 7 SWALLOW 1931

WOLSELEY 10hp 1937

HILLMAN Minx Mk VIII 1956

MORRIS OXFORD Bullnose 1925

MERCEDES 300 C 1956

HILLMAN HUSKY 1967

DAIMLER Limousine 1972

GENERAL ELECTRIC 1899

AUSTIN A50 1956

PACKARD Straight 8 (Golfers Coupe)

MINI Woody 1959

MORRIS MINOR De-Luxe Saloon 1961

HUMBER Super Snipe 1961

CHRYSLER Evening News Van 1926

JAGUAR XJ- S V12 1989

SINGER TT 1935

WOLSELEY 15/60 1960

SUNBEAM RAPIER Fastback 1973

COOPER Sprint 1956

VAUXHALL J14 Saloon 1948

VAUXHALL 10 Saloon 1939

 

CHRYSLER Evening News Van 1926

This was one of a fleet of seven similar vans used by the Edinburgh Evening News, the others were Austins and has long since been scrapped. Vans like this were a regular sight in and around Edinburgh until retirement in !952 when it was sold to the Sword collection. When that collection was sold it returned to the News being used for publicity, but lack of space forced a second retirement and we purchased it. It is a very smooth and reliable runner with plenty of power, but not very comfortable , most of its space being reserved for the newspapers.

MORRIS OXFORD de Luxe 1914
This is probably the earliest surviving de Luxe. It spent most of its life at a garage near London, latterly used for publicity purposes. It was driven home from London in 2 days and has since been restored. The 3 inch king pin play at the rim of the front wheels has been eliminated and the coachwork painted. It is one of 3 of its type in Scotland. Top speed is 50 mph and it will do 50 miles to the gallon.

MG M type 1930

This was probably the first cheap sports car. It is small and has an equally small engine, but if you can squeeze yourself in will give you a brisk sporty ride. The lid of the pointed tail lifts to reveal the spare wheel, folded hood and hood sticks, but little room for luggage. We found this car in Westmorland, but have not been able to trace any history. It has been restored, the bodywork is ash and plywood covered with fabric.

MG TA 1937

This is the first of the MGs to have a pushrod engine, and is a larger and more comfortable car than the previous types. It is largely original and only parts of it have been repainted.

MORRIS OXFORD Bullnose 1925

This Morris Oxford was found in an Edinburgh scrapyard in 1952 and driven home. Whilst it was being restored a letter was found behind the door trim, it had been written to the new owners aunt this led to the discovery that the car had been purchased new by Willie Dales grandfather. Since 1952 it has done a considerable mileage, and in the 60s at the hands of Andrew Cruickshank (Dr Cameron) who used it in the television series Dr Finlays Casebook

SINGER TT 1935

This is one of four cars which were built for the 1935 R.A.C. T.T. In this race they failed with spectacular results, the trouble being caused by faulty steering drop arms, which caused three to crash at the same point on the circuit. After this Singer withdrew from racing.
This car gives a firm harsh ride, but is not uncomfortable, and a superb car to drive.

COOPER Sprint 1956

This sprint car was built to attack the International Class G records, which it did driven by Wing Commander Sowrey. The records it took were: standing start mile 93.88 mph, and standing start kilometre 87.64. After these records it was used for sprinting, and at one meeting, the Brighton Speed Trial, the engine blew up. At present its engine is a highly tuned Ford, with which it was raced at Charterhall and Turnberry. We have not been able to find a correct engine to put it back to its original form.

WOLSELEY 10hp 1937

This car was left to the museum by Mr Ward who purchased it new and used it until his death in 1972. He kept a full record of every penny spent on the car, petrol, oil, road tax, insurance, repairs and maintenance, and even rags for polish. An analysis of his comprehensive record reveals that it cost him 6.51 old pennies per mile to run. Over his total mileage of 127,971 the car returned a figure of 28.52 mpg.

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