History of the Car - from "0-100" in 130 Years

Variations of the car have been around since the invention of the wheel and although there is no definitive record of how we humans progressed from running around barefoot to capturing and taming wild horses and eventually driving around in a 750 hp Ferrari (well, I do admit that is only the lucky few) it is always fun to look back at the progression of these vehicles of which, let's face it, not many of us can live without. Records show that the wheel was first used as early as 3500 BC in Mesopotamia with the spoked designs making their debut on the Egyptian chariots of 2000 BC. Fast forward 4,000 years or so and you will find a veritable smorgersbord of Classic Cars through the ages. Unless you live on Sark there is a pretty good chance that there is some sort of car parked in the driveway, in the garage or out on the street. Far from becoming a luxury for the idle rich, the motor car is now an essential part of our everyday lives.

Simultaneous Development

The history of the car cannot be tied down to one year, one town, one factory or even one country. The car developed simultaneously throughout Britain, Europe, the United States and the rest of the world with each country being proud of their individual collection of Classic Cars - of course, they were not "classic" when they were first developed, but many of these early classic cars are extremely sought after these days. Cast your mind back to the great Henry Ford (okay, maybe you were not around in 1909 but you have probably heard about it) - "you can have it in any colour just so long as it is black" - classic.

European car manufacturers were each becoming known for their unique and individual styles which were said to mirror the personalities and quirks of their countrymen.

Classic Car History

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The Europeans

The Italians, of course, are car mad, well, to be a little more precise they are sports car and Ferrari mad - built with the flair, the passion, the hot Italian blood - the Prancing Horse - blood red and enough to awaken the loins of all true blooded Italians and petrol heads the world over. Italy may be most well known for the Ferrari, the Lamborghini and the Maserati but don't forget the Fiat, definitely a little more "middle of the road" don't you think? Even Italians realize that the car is not only designed to get from "A" to "B" with as much style as possible, you also need somewhere to carry the pasta after a trip from the Supermercato!

The French have the Peugeot, the Renault and the Citroen to name but a few of the most popular and well established cars to this day. Maybe they do not have quite the same style as the Ferrari or the Maserati but do not forget the Citroen 2CV - okay, perhaps that is not quite the image they were hoping to be remembered for but it really is only one step up from the old French "monsieur" riding his bicycle with a beret and a string of onions - oh la la! Joking aside the French really were pioneers in the history of the classic car - many other nations followed where Renault led!

Automotive Legends

As long as man has been driving cars there have been cars which dreams have been made of. Manufacturers have been constantly trying to make them faster, smarter, dreamier - there are automotive legends from every single era - Bugatti, Ferrari, Bentley. Many of these really "super" supercars were manufactured in extremely small numbers making them even more desirable, more expensive, a greater status symbol. Although many of these original "limited editions" have been lost to history there are still a few around to this day. So here's my list of Worldwide Classic Car Museums, so if you find yourself in foreign parts one day and have the urge for some Classic Car History, you'll find all the information you need to make a visit! Personally I've only been to 3 on the list but there are certainly a few here that I will need to visit in the future. I hope you have as much fun looking at the Museums as I did compiling the list.

- Tim Williams - March 2014


Argentina

Dardo Rocha (18) esq. Mitre (17), Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province.,


Australia

Cnr Willis & Cimitiere Sts, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250,


1 Warran Road, Yaroomba Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573,


79 Basin Olinda Rd, The Basin 3154, Victoria,


Austria

Gütle 11a, 6850 Dornbirn,


Draupromenade 12, A-9500 Villach,


Belgium

Guy Moerenhout Racing, Industriestraat 1, 2500 Lier Antwerp,


Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 - Jubelpark 11, 1000 Brussels,


Rue Erna 3, 7900 Leuze-en-Hainaut,


Canada

Hwy. 43 between Hythe & Beaverlodge, Alberta,


6426 40 Ave, Wetaskiwin, AB, T9A 0N3,


18191 Trans Canada Highway, Bonshaw, PEI Canada C0A 1C0,


99 Simcoe Street, South Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 4G7,


Cayman Islands

864 North West Point Road, West Bay, Grand Cayman.,


China

7565 Boyuan Rd, Jiading, Shanghai, China,


Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone, Airport Road No138, Chengdu, 51 610041,


Cyprus

International Office, Near East Boulevard Lefko?a, Mersin 10, 33010,


Germany

Shanghaiallee 7 | When Lohseplatz, D-20457 Hamburg,


Greece

Ioulianou 33, Athens 104 33,


Tirinthas Agricultural School str., New Tirintha, Nafplion Greece.,


Japan

41-100 Yokomichi, Nagakute-city, Aichi Pref, 480-1118.,


Netherlands

Leidsestraatweg 57, The Hague 2594,


New Zealand

(off State Hwy 1), Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu 5036,


Portugal

Rua Jean Lurçat, 42, 3475-031 Caramulo, Viseu, Portugal,


South Africa

Franschhoek, 7690,


South Korea

2060-4 Sangchang-ri Andok-myeon Seoguipo-si Jeju-do.,


United Arab Emirates (UAE)

South of Abu Dhabi, on the E65 road to Liwa Oasis,


P.O. Box 84944, Al Ain St, United Arab Emirates,


USA

2230 Statham Blvd. Oxnard, California 93033,


Gate 1 Fairplex Ground, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A, Pomona CA, 91768,


815 Marlborough Avenue Riverside, CA 92507,


2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95818-1106,


2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101,


4900 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA. 95066,


15151 Bledsoe Street Sylmar, CA 91342 Nethercutt Collection: 15200 Bledsoe Street Sylmar, CA 91342,


19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501,


6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, AL,


14959 W. 69th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80007,


11100 W 8th Ave., Suite 200 Lakewood, CO 80215,


2702 East D. Street, Tacoma, WA 98421,


11200 Kirkland Way, Kirkland, WA 98033,


1527 Packard Avenue (SW 1st Avenue) Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315,


3301 Gateway Centre Blvd. Pinellas Park, Florida 33782,


27582 Volo VIllage Road, Volo, IL 60073,


1600 South Wayne Street, Auburn, Indiana, 46706,


760 S. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, Indiana 46565,


5634 CR 11-A Auburn, IN 46706,


201 South Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601,


350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101,


1100 North Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown, KY 42701,


15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02445,


405 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401,


PO Box 277, 117 Museum Street, Owls Head, ME 04854,


One Chrysler Drive, CIMS 488-00-00 Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2778,


21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124,


20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124-5029,


P.O. Box 2113 6865 W. Hickory Road, Hickory Corners Dearborn, MI 48123,


16955 Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield, MO 63005,


1 Otis Boulevard, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804,


769 River Hwy., Mooresville, NC 28117,


263 Michigan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14203,


24 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY 13815,


110 Ave of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866,


10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106,


1899 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren, Ohio 44483,


5 North Front Street, Allentown, PA 18102,


85 S Walnut St, Boyertown, PA 19512,


161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033,


12031 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652,


189 Hempt Road Mechanicsburg, PA. 17050,


6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19153,


702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210,


120 Stagecoach Trail San Marcos, TX,


355 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84015,


1800 Bay Ave. Building #13 Point Pleasant, NJ 08742,


3995 Brooklake Rd., NE Brooks, OR 97303,


1500 N. Reed Road, Kokomo, IN 46901,


11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497,


1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033,


29013 Champagne Blvd. Escondido, CA 92026,


2734 Huntington Drive Duarte, CA 91010,


4303 Brighton Boulevard Denver, Colorado 80216,


8306 North 107th Street, Longmont, CO 80504,


3623 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, Ill. 60025,


1710 W Woodside Drive, Dunlap, IL 61525,


43224 Highway 141 P.O. Box 339 Gateway, Colorado 81522,


175 Museum Ln., P.O. Box 819 Winnemucca, NV 89446,


1915 S. Webster, Kokomo, IN 46902,


202 Main Street, Williams, Iowa 50271,


123 6th Street SW, Canton, Ohio 44702,


2702 East D. St., Tacoma, WA 98421,


5500 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243,


212 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701,


3198 Speedway Blvd., Talladega AL 35161,


301 West Main Street, Hardy, AR 72542,


Petit Jean Mountain, 8 Jones Lane Morrilton, AR 72110,


6865 Hickory Road Hickory Corners, MI 49060,


610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245,


3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506,


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