Fremantle Motor Museum Cars To Be Sold

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Media Release


14 August 2008

One of Australia’s most prominent car collectors has decided to reduce his collection by one-third

following the closure of the Fremantle Motor Museum earlier this year.

Mr Briggs said that he has placed 40 cars from his 120 car collection onto the market.  The combined

value of the cars at current international market estimates is $5 million.

He said that the move followed five years of frustration with the Western Australian Government

which refused to renew his lease over a heritage-listed quayside goods shed at Fremantle Harbour.

The collection was amassed over 30 years and includes many cars of national and international

significance, each with an often unique or unusual history.

“While many cars in the collection are very dear to my heart, I have always been strongly motivated to

exhibit the cars in a public setting so that other people can enjoy them as well.  I take particular

pleasure from seeing young people delight in experiencing the old cars,” he said.

“However, Fremantle was a costly and ultimately disappointing experience and without two museums

to display the cars I would prefer to sell them rather than lock them away in storage under covers.”

Mr Briggs said that his other museum, the York Motor Museum, would remain open with a selection

of cars from both museums.

The sale of cars has already attracted substantial international interest from the United States and the

Middle East, and one car has already been sold to a European collector.  Mr Briggs has offered several

of the cars to museums in Australia and hopes that most of the cars of Australian significance will stay

in Australia.

Highlights of the sale include the 1970 March 701 Formula One car which was driven by Jackie

Stewart to win the Spanish Grand Prix, a 1967 Vollstedt Indianapolis car which was raced by F1

champion Jim Clark and a rare Alfa Romeo RLS which was imported into Australia in 1923. (A full

list of cars follows)

The value of cars placed in the sale range from $1 million for the Alfa Romeo to $6,000 for a 1938

electric powered Carter invalid carriage.

Anyone interested in the cars for sale should contact Collection Curator Graeme Cocks on 08 9322

6955 or email


Media Contact:  Peter Briggs 08 9322 6955, 0412 105 374,  

Graeme Cocks 08 9322 6955, 0438 980 859.  Email for pictures of the cars


CARS TO BE SOLD – 14 August 2008

1926 AC Royal Roadster 12/24 

Classic English vintage roadster

1991 Albion Truck Replica

Prototype vintage truck replica on Mazda truck chassis

1923 Alfa Romeo RLS Tourer

Original Australian-bodied Alfa, one of only a handful worldwide

1952 Alta GP 1.5L Twin-supercharged 

Awesome British race car competed in Europe and AGP in  Australia, sole survivor

1933 Aston Martin 1.5l Sport Le Mans 

Superb original Aston Martin, one of only a few extant

1964 Austin Princess Vanden Plas

Vice regal order Austin Princess owned by atom bomb scientist Sir Mark Oliphant. One of 18 made

1935 Bentley 3.5L Series E

Owned by Lord Casey, ex Australian Treasurer and later Governor General, custom body designed by Lord Casey and

built by Diskon and Molyneux of Sydney

Candy Tub

Tyrrell tub from Candy F1 car which  somersaulted  over Ste Devote at the first corner at Monaco -- and landed on team-

mate Depailler in the other Tyrrell!

1938 Carter Invalid Carriage

Electric-powered British-made  invalid carriage.  Fascinating history. 

1922 Chevrolet Light Truck

Useable old workhorse with brewery tray back

1958 Chevrolet Corvette

A pink corvette with hardtop and high quality RHD conversion

1969 Cosworth GP F1 Four Wheel Driver race car

Experimental 4WD sans engine, welcome at any historic meeting in the world

1967 Ferrari 250LM Replica

Fibreglass body mould taken from an original 250LM, impressive regularity performer

1938 Fiat 500 Topolino 

Rare pre-war Topolino with spare engine and transmission for restoration

1936 Cranston V8 Ford Vintage Racer 

Original replica of  fastest car at 1936 AGP created in Perth by race legend  Clem Dwyer 

and Max Gamble, CAMS log book

1951 Ford Prefect Utility

Original Australian-body Prefect ute with paintwork by local artist

1938 Hawker V8 

Mid-engined Aussie  prototype with Studebaker Avanti engine and distinctive looks

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1956 Webster Holden FJ Repco Trial Car

Raced in the 1979 Repco Trial won by Peter Brock, the last of the round Australia trials.  

Rare rally  survivor.

1931 Horch Cabriolet Drophead Coupe

Extremely rare German car from the classic era, ready for Pebble Beach preparation

1933 Invicta 12/45 Tourer

Open four-seat tourer with six cylinder OHV Blackburn engine from the famous British marque

1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2l

Attractive  yellow convertible

1957 Lotus Eleven Series 1 “Le Mans 85”

Important two-seat race car with continuous race history

1968 M151A1 Jeep

US Army transport from the Vietnam War

1970 March 701 ex Jackie Stewart

Spanish Grand Prix winning March in the hands of one of the greats of motorsport

1966 Mercedes 230S Universal Station Wagon

Rare right hand drive, hand built wagon with impressive provenance

1985 Mercedes 500SEC Coupe 

Top-of-the-range two door luxury coupe 

1929 MG 14/40 Mk IV Super Sports

Collectible vintage MG with appealing roadster body – only of four left

1931 MG M1 Sports Midget

The car that made the MG Midget famous 

1947 MG TC Sports

National concours winning TC – the best

1948 MG TC Special

Well known in WA vintage racing circles, highly-worked motor by John Hunting  - the “Cream Cracker”

1910 Napier 15Hp Double Phaeton

Colonial model Napier with original patina, perfect for veteran rallies

1925 Rolls-Royce 20Hp Sedancalette

RR’s own London Trials car owned for many years by press baron Lord Cowdray (Financial Times, The Economist and

Penguin Books)

1967 Vollstedt Ford Indy Race Car

Raced by Jim Clark. Exciting ex-Indy racer with V8 power up the back 

All enquiries regarding these cars should be made to Graeme Cocks, P + 61 8 9322 6955, 

F +61 8 9322 6722, M 0439 980 859, E , PO Box 198, West Perth WA 6872 Australia.

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