26 February 2011

Coventry Transport Museum: Le Mans Display

A few weeks ago my dad told me that Coventry Transport Museum currently has a Le Mans display on in the main lobby for a limited time, so I went along today with a couple of mates to see what cars they had on display. The selection wasn't huge but it was great to see these cars up close without big crowds like you would find at Silverstone or Goodwood.

Coventry Transport Museum caters for all types of cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes and competition vehicles. I first went when I was around 6 years old and as far as I can remember the museum has always been free. Here is a selection of photos from the Le Mans display.
After we had looked around the Le Mans display we went into the main part of the museum and had a look at the other cars on display. The vehicles ranged from the late 1800s up to today. It was interesting to see the evolution of car design as well as the social and environmental changes over the past 100 years. Some of the older cars had the original purchase price when new on a plinth next to the vehicle and in many cases the cost new was more than a years wages for a typical worker. It goes to show that only the wealthy had the privilege of owning a car, a very different tale when compared to modern times.

Here is a few photos from different areas of the museum.

If you live near Coventry you should look into visiting Coventry Transport Museum as it's a good way to spend a few hours and it's free.

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