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Visit Llangollen Motor Museum
Just off the road which follows the River Dee (A542) a mile to the west of Llangollen, a turn off onto a rutted narrow lane, leads to a former car repair garage between the Llangollen canal and the tree lined river bank, the Llangollen Motor and Motorcycle Museum. Though as a description “museum” is perhaps less apt than collection. At a museum one expects arranged displays with historic context in a curated formal setting. The family owned and privately run motor museum in Llangollen is more a jumble of stuff in a car garage, with parts shelves and a long narrow garage space cramed with cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia. The collection began with the current owners’ grandfather and parents who were avid collectors or perhaps hoaders. There’s something fascinating and charming about it - just check your perception of a "museum" at the door.
The collection of more than 60 vehicles of assorted variety from 1914 to the 1970s at the Llangollen Motor Museum is less historical display, than it is a look into a motoring past, featuring a rare Humphrey and Concours prize winning 1962 Triumph TR4, a 1935 Imperial Motorcycle displayed in the Millenium Dome, an impressive and perhaps only surviving 1935 Standard 500 "Jubilee" Model which commemorated the 75th Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, the oldest motor drawn Caravan in Britain, Ford Model T, several Austins, Citroens and Rovers. Motorcycles in the collection include Norton, Triumph and BSA. A curious collection of pedal cars compliment the motor cars. Two displays represent motoring in the 50s and life in the 1940s. Many of the vehicles are still road worthy and go out motoring from time to time. Reference guides of cars and parts are available for research and a small exhibit presents the plans and development of the nearby canal system.