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Little Classics Feature: 6 April 2015

Stondon Motor Museum Closure in Pictures

STondon Transport Museum Closes

Today, on 6 April, Little Classics visited Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire to see its last day before the doors closed for good and the collection gets scattered.

Stondon Motor Museum was one of the largest private collections of classic vehicles with over 400 exhibits. Founded in 1994 by John Saunders, it was his private collection of 40 vehicles that inspired him to start the museum.

Stondon Motor Museum collection

The collection grew to include classic cars, motorcycles, pushbikes, memorabilia and a few oddities, such as busses, fire engines, missile carrier and even a helicopter. The museum also included over 400 model aircraft (below) built by Reverend Allon Taffs of the nearby Therfield Chapel, who had created the collection over 40 years.

Stondon Museum Model Aircraft

Sadly John Saunders passed away in 2013, but a dedicated group of family and staff ensured the museum remained open, preserving the many collected and donated vehicles. However, over recent years the museum has suffered from high rates, whilst struggling to attract the income and visitors required to maintain such a large collection. After grants have been refused, the museum has now closed.

Stondon Museum misile

All exhibits will be auctioned by Brightwells Auctioneers over two sales on 29 April and 10 June at its site in Leominster, Herefordshire. The exhibits will sell with no reserve.

It’s very sad to see any museum close, so we just hope that the many classic cars and motorcycles find new owners willing to preserve and maintain them. The one silver lining was that the last day delivered a busier crowd than ever before, with even a few extra classics turning up in the car park (below).

Gallery

Stondon museum last day - Granada police car

Stondon museum car park classics

Stondon Motor Museum car park Opel

Opel front

Trumph at Stondon Motor Museum

Stondon Museum magazines

Stondon Museum three-wheeler classic

Morris classic car

Classic Morris Car at Stondon Museum

Classic Austin at Stondon Museum closing

Stondon Motor Museum collection on closing day

Vintage car

Morric car collection

Classic Lea Francis car

Lea Francis classic car

Dodge classic car

 

Dodge Brother badge

Classic car collection at Stondon Museum

Classic oil casn

Vintage Ford

Classic Austin car

Classic Vauxhall collection

Dr Who prop

Vauxhall Royale

Rolls Royce engine at Stondon Museum

Jensen Interceptor

Lancia Classic car

Ford V8 Pilot Woody

Mini and VW polo

Ginetta and Enfield

Classic cars and MG

Triumph Stag

MG Magnette

Morris Minor

Classic Vauxhall

Classic Triumph

Stondon Motor Museum closure collection

Cursor Micro cars

Rover Scout prototypeRover Scout

Standard classic car

Austin A35 at Stondon Motor Museum

Rover P5

Reliant classic car

Winchester taxi

Classic Ford Consul

Peugeot 104

Austin shell

Bond Bug classic car collection

Austin Car collection at Stondon

Hillman classic car

American classic

Lovett classic car

Lovett Bradford badge

Rover SD1 police car

de tomaso

de tomaso rear

Citreon classic car

Rolls-Royce classic

classic roller

Classic comercial vehicles

Classic fire engine

Dennis fire engine

American fire engine

Amrican fire engine

Classic Russian truck

Austin car badge

Classic cars restoration

Vauxhall Victor

Austin vans

NSU classic car

Douglas Dragonfly

Radco classic motorcycles

Moto Guzzi Motorcycle

Classic BSA motorcycle

Classic microcars

Classic Singer car

Rover P6 estate

Vintage Peugeot

Ariel Motorcycle and sidecar

Austin 7

Classic Standard car

Classic Austin 7 car

Classic car books

 



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