This unassuming 1959 Model 100E Ford Prefect, made by the Ford Motor Co. of Australia at Geelong, Victoria, is unusual because it was converted to run on electricity by the Sydney auto electrician, Roy Doring, in the 1960s.
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It was sad to awaken to the news of the passing of one of Australia's great sporting heroes, Sir Jack Brabham at his Queensland home this morning. The Powerhouse Museum had a fruitful relationship with Sir Jack and his wife Lady Margaret in the late 1990s during the development of the exhibition Cars and Culture : our driving passion .
With the new spy exhibition on at the Museum I thought I’d write about what was probably the most popular diecast toy car ever produced, the gold Aston Martin DB5 as seen in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.
Ever dreamed of owning a Bugatti, perhaps one like this 1930 Royale Coupe Napoleon? Or a Roller, Porsche or Corvette? The Powerhouse recently acquired a collection of nicely detailed 1:24 scale model cars that includes examples of all these makes.
My specialty area is the transport collection – I’ve researched everything from a steam car to a tram hearse, luxurious railway carriages to a shearer’s bicycle.