The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England, is to broaden its car collection, displayed primarily at the Heritage Motor Centre, to reflect better the history of the UK car industry.

The BMIHT has established one of the world’s outstanding museums and collections of historic vehicles over the past 20 years.

However, the collection is somewhat limited in its appeal, as it consists mainly of marques that came together to form British Leyland.
Following a recent review of the long-term objectives of the trust, it was evident that the car collection needed to reflect more accurately the diversity of the British motor industry as a whole.

The trustees have decided that BMIHT should dispose of a number of duplicate and similar vehicles within the collection, to make way for new vehicles, and widen the appeal of the collection to the public.

Trustee Peter Mitchell, who was primarily responsible for establishing both BMIHT and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, said: “It has always been our aim to establish a collection which truly represents the British motor industry and this exciting new collecting policy is the first step in this direction.”

Under the terms of the trust, the vehicles selected for disposal will first be offered to other public museums. It is envisaged this initial process will take two to three months, after which selected vehicles will be offered to the public.

All funds raised from the sale of vehicles will be used to acquire good examples of cars not already represented in the collection, as well as to develop the trust’s archives.