National Motor Museum, Birdwood

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National Motor Museum,
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National Motor Museum, Birdwood is located in South Australia
National Motor Museum, Birdwood
Location within South Australia
Established1964 (1964)
  • Shannon Street
  • Birdwood SA 5234
  • Australia
Coordinates34°49′11″S 138°57′16″E / 34.81972°S 138.95444°E / -34.81972; 138.95444Coordinates: 34°49′11″S 138°57′16″E / 34.81972°S 138.95444°E / -34.81972; 138.95444
TypeAutomobile museum
DirectorPaul Rees
WebsiteNational Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum, Australia, is an automobile museum in the Adelaide Hills in the township of Birdwood, South Australia.[1][2] Established in 1964 and opened to the public soon afterwards,[3] it is Australia's largest motor museum,[4] with close to 400 vehicles on display.[2]

General information[edit]

The Museum was started by Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in 1964, and was purchased by the South Australian Government in 1976. It holds a large and historically important collection of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. The Museum is housed in a modern complex adjacent to its original home, the "Old Mill" on Shannon Street, Birdwood.[1][4]

It is the endpoint of the annual Bay to Birdwood, in which veteran, vintage and classic motor vehicles (motorcars and motorbikes) are driven by their owners from the foreshore area of Adelaide through to the Adelaide Hills to finish at the Museum where a festival is held.[5]


The following is a non-exhaustive list of motorvehicles on display:

The following is a non-exhaustive list of motorbikes display:

  • 1904 Minerva
  • 1910 Matchless
  • 1918 Favourite
  • 1920 Harley Davidson Sport Twin
  • 1923 Matchless H-2 with side chair
  • 1923 Waratah
  • 1927 Indian Scout
  • 1930 BSA S30
  • 1936 Brough-Superior Model SS80
  • 1948 Vincent Series B Rapide
  • 1949 Velocette Mk8 KTT
  • 1960 Mazda Three Wheeler
  • 1964 Honda Monkey CZ100
  • 1966 BMW R60/2
  • 1969 Benelli 250cc racer
  • 1972 Honda CB 750
  • 1981 Kawasaki KLX250B
  • 1983 KMZ Dnepr Custom Cruzer replica

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Birdwood". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Williamson, Brett (16 November 2009). "Emotion in motion: The National Motor Museum". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  3. ^ "State History Collection". History SA. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "National Motor Museum Birdwood". Going Somewhere Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  5. ^ Bay to Birdwood

External links[edit]

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