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Automobile Collection

From political distrust to artistic masterpieces, the automobile has been a symbol of change and cultural significance throughout history

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Napier-Railton racing car driven at Brooklands

Napier-Railton racing car driven at Brooklands track by John Cobb, 1937 Date: 1937

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Piazza Cavour, Vercelli

Piazza Cavour, Vercelli Vercelli. Date of Photograph:1974

Background imageAutomobile Collection: The Florence Cathedral at night

The Florence Cathedral at night Florence Duomo square. Date of Photograph:1931-1932

Background imageAutomobile Collection: The Beresford Apartment House In New York

The Beresford Apartment House In New York
Photo shows the view north up Central Park West from in front of the Natural History Museum to the Beresford apartment building, New York, late 1930s

Background imageAutomobile Collection: ANTI-NIXON POSTER, 1960. Would YOU buy a used car from this man? American poster, 1960

ANTI-NIXON POSTER, 1960. Would YOU buy a used car from this man? American poster, 1960, expressing distrust toward Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 2002 MG TF 160 VVC

2002 MG TF 160 VVC

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 2006 Mazda MX5

2006 Mazda MX5

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1957

Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1957
Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 19th May 1957. The race was won by Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati. 1957

Background imageAutomobile Collection: DIEGO RIVERA: DETROIT. Automobile Industry. Large detail of Diego Riveras mural at The Detroit

DIEGO RIVERA: DETROIT. Automobile Industry. Large detail of Diego Riveras mural at The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932-1933

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1964 Mini Cooper S

1964 Mini Cooper S

Background imageAutomobile Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent film Leave Them Laughing, 1928

Background imageAutomobile Collection: A rusting 1931 Ford pickup truck sitting in a field under an oak tree

A rusting 1931 Ford pickup truck sitting in a field under an oak tree

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1966 Ford Anglia

1966 Ford Anglia Super 105E

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Hollywood Hills and The Hollywood sign from a tree

Hollywood Hills and The Hollywood sign from a tree lined Beverly Hills Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, North America

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1965 Sunbeam Tiger

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Alpine 260

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Coventry Cathedral CC47_02918

Coventry Cathedral CC47_02918
Cathedral Church Of St Michael, Bailey Lane, Coventry. The shell of the old Cathedral viewed from the south east with a basement exposed beneath derelict ground at the corner of Bailey Lane

Background imageAutomobile Collection: View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s

View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s
HARLEM: COTTON CLUB, 1930s. View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1956

Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1956
Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 13th May 1956. The race was won by Stirling Moss in a Maserati. 1956

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1971 Volkswagen Karmann

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia type 1

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1968 Jaguar E type

1968 Jaguar E type 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1975 MG Midget

1975 MG Midget

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1957 Morris Minor

1957 Morris Minor 1000

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1967 Triumph Spitfire

1967 Triumph Spitfire Mk3

Background imageAutomobile Collection: The Little White Chapel

The Little White Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Citroen D. S. Orleans, France, Europe

Citroen D. S. Orleans, France, Europe
Citroen D.S. Orleans, France, Europe

Background imageAutomobile Collection: CORVAIR, 1960. A Chevrolet Corvair sedan, 1960

CORVAIR, 1960. A Chevrolet Corvair sedan, 1960

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1966 Ford Anglia

1966 Ford Anglia Super 105E

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1981 Austin Maxi

1981 Austin Maxi

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Vintage Racing Car

Vintage Racing Car
A vintage racing car hurtling along a country lane

Background imageAutomobile Collection: The Willesborough windmill, Ashford, Kent. Kentish smock mill. 1935

The Willesborough windmill, Ashford, Kent. Kentish smock mill. 1935

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Detail of Diego Riveras mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts depicting the American automobile

Detail of Diego Riveras mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts depicting the American automobile industry, 1932-33
DIEGO RIVERA: DETROIT. Detail of Diego Riveras mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts depicting the American automobile industry, 1932-33

Background imageAutomobile Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1956 Armstrong Siddeley 346 Sapphire

1956 Armstrong Siddeley 346 Sapphire

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1974 Fiat 124 Spyder

1974 Fiat 124 Spyder

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1976 Triumph Stag

1976 Triumph Stag

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1928 Austin 7 Gordon England Cup

1928 Austin 7 Gordon England Cup at the Exeter trial struggling uphill

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Model T Fords

Model T Fords
Automobile (Cars). Fleet of four Model T Fords parked outside behind a building for salesmen of Peter Doelgers Healthful Beverage

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Back of a Beetle car painted in zebra stripes

Back of a Beetle car painted in zebra stripes, Cape Town, South Africa, Africa

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Ayrton Senna in McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix

Ayrton Senna in McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix
Ayrton Senna in the McLaren MP4-5 at 1989 British Grand Prix, Silverstone

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1974 Rover P6 3500S

1974 Rover P6 3500S

Background imageAutomobile Collection: The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London

The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London
The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, London, alongside the Great Western Railway line and between Wormwood Scrubs

Background imageAutomobile Collection: Morgan factory DP139433

Morgan factory DP139433
Morgan Motor Company, Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, Worcestershire. Two Morgan cars with factory beyond

Background imageAutomobile Collection: STUDEBAKER AD, 1959. Studebaker automobile advertisement from an American magazine, 1959

STUDEBAKER AD, 1959. Studebaker automobile advertisement from an American magazine, 1959

Background imageAutomobile Collection: DIEGO RIVERA: DETROIT. The central scene in Diego Riveras mural

DIEGO RIVERA: DETROIT. The central scene in Diego Riveras mural, depicting the American automobile industry at The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1932-1933

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1966 Ford Mustang

1966 Ford Mustang

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 2007 Renault Megane

2007 Renault Megane Sport

Background imageAutomobile Collection: 1983 Volkswagen Golf Gti mk1

1983 Volkswagen Golf Gti mk1

Background imageAutomobile Collection: DAF 95 XF wide

DAF 95 XF wide load truck carrying a life boat through a small village




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From political distrust to artistic masterpieces, the automobile has been a symbol of change and cultural significance throughout history. In 1960, an anti-Nixon poster questioned whether one would buy a used car from the Republican presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Diego Rivera's mural at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 1932-1933 showcased the power and influence of the automobile industry. The Monaco Grand Prix Poster from 1957 captured the thrill and elegance of racing, while the iconic 1964 Mini Cooper S represented British innovation on wheels. Laurel and Hardy found themselves in comedic situations with police officers in their silent film 'Leave Them Laughing' from 1928. In contrast to these vibrant moments, a rusting 1931 Ford pickup truck sat quietly under an oak tree, reminding us of forgotten times gone by. The powerful image of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc committing self-immolation in protest against President Ngo Dinh Diem's treatment of protestors shook South Vietnam in 1963. The sleek design of the 1966 Ford Anglia took us back to an era when cars were more than just transportation; they were works of art. From Hollywood Hills to The Hollywood sign perched atop a tree, automobiles have played a role in shaping our perception of glamour and fame. Stepping into Harlem's Cotton Club during the bustling New York City scene of the 1930s was like entering another world altogether - where jazz filled every corner as patrons arrived stylishly in their vehicles such as the elegant Morris Minor from 1957 or perhaps even a luxurious Jaguar E type from 1968. Through triumphs and tribulations, celebrations and protests, automobiles have woven themselves into our lives as both practical tools and symbols that reflect our society's ever-changing landscape.