A Celebration of Italian Style

24th June 2018

Do you own an Italian vehicle?  We are calling all owners of cars to come to the Museum from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 8th July to help us celebrate these amazing Italian marques.  As well as inviting owners and enthusiasts we are also getting our cars out of the Museum exhibits so you can get up close and ask questions about the vehicles on display in the Millennium Hall.

The celebrating does not stop there we will also have specific displays in the Museum Shop and Café 750 will have a special Italian menu.

Do come along and learn more about this most glamorous – and romantic – of subjects.

There will be informal daily talks* at 11.15 with the Museum Curator Matt Piper and at 14.15 with Museum Volunteers in the new display area.

“Rightly or wrongly, over the years car producing nations have tended to earn certain reputations when it comes to their automotive products:  America – big and thirsty, Great Britain – sporty and traditional, France – quirky and complex and Germany – solid and reliable.

And Italy? Style of course, and lots of it.  If names such as Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, Michelotti, Giugiaro and Vignale are not familiar to you, the shapes they have designed will be:  Triumph, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Austin and Volvo have all had car bodies designed by Italians.

What helps, of course, is that such beautiful bodies have adorned some of the most desirable, fast and expensive motorcars in history many of which we are proud to have in our collection.”