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Motoring Heritage Centre

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Please note The Trust has closed the Museum for the present, while preparing a move to another site in the building.

The museum was still closed when last checked in August 2009, just after the Cars of the Stars museum opened its display in the former centre's display area.[1]

The Motoring Heritage Centre in Alexandria, lies 18 miles west of Glasgow, two miles from Loch Lomond, and close to Alexandria station. The Centre is part of the Loch Lomond Outlet Shopping Centre, which occupies the remaining part of the former Argyll Factory.

The Motoring Heritage Centre is owned by the Scottish Motor Museum Trust, run by a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers, and financed by admissions, donations and grant aid. It is graded by the Scottish Tourist Board as a 'commended' visitor attraction and chosen by Top Gear magazine as one of the top 50 Transport Museums in Britain.

The Collection

The museum has a number of vehicles in its collection, not all on display (worth noting if travelling), together with engines and other related material. Together with examples of original Argyll cars dating from the early 1900s, the collection also features the Argyll Turbo, developed during the 1980s.

  • Argyll cars
  • Austin Seven
  • AC 3000
  • Ford GT40
  • Ford Model T
  • Hillman Imp
  • Parabug
  • JP racing car
  • SCAMP electric car
  • Sunbeam motor bike
  • Talbot (Chrysler) Sunbeam
  • Thomson Caravan
  • Vauxhall Velox
  • White Steamer
  • Rolls Royce Merlin engine

The Robert Grieves Photographic Archive

Robert Grieves has produced some fifteen books covering transport over the years in Scotland, writing about motor cars, buses, and commercial vehicles, through his publishing company, XS Publications,

His collection of photographs, built up over many years, has illustrated these publications, and become a valuable photographic archive, amounting to some 20,000 images. The Scottish Motor Museum Trust undertook the digitizing and cataloguing the collection with help of volunteers, and access of the originals will be possible at West Dunbartonshire Library Headquarters.

References

1 Cars of the Stars come to former Argyll factory, Secret Scotland Blog

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