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June 2012
The vintage years
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The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania located at 86 Cimitiere st Launceston is now showing The Vintage Years, a celebration of motoring from the 1920`s, as its feature theme display.

The centerpiece to the display is a 1925 Moon Roadster. Moon Motor Cars peak production year was 1925 when they produced 10,271 vehicles. The car on display is believed to be one of only nine Moon vehicles in Australia.

The traditional rivalry between General Motors and Ford was alive during the vintage period and the beautiful 1928 Chevrolet National Tourer and the 1930 Ford A Model Town Car are fittingly exhibited alongside one another.

The Austin 7 was one of the most popular cars ever produced for the British market, and sold well abroad. Its success saw the demise of many other British small cars of the early 1920s. This display features a 1927 Austin 7 Chummy in original condition and a fabric bodied racer.

The 1929 Desoto Coupe featured is a stunning restoration of a beautiful car from the period. Desoto was founded by Walter Chrysler in 1928 and produced their first line of cars in 1929. During the first twelve months, DeSoto production set a record 81,065. This record stood for nearly thirty years.

At the 1924 Paris Motor Show, Citroen presented the "All-Steel B10", a car that revolutionised the industrial manufacture of bodywork. The American company Budd developed the production process. The Vintage Years features a magnificent 1927 Citroen B14F.

The Hudson Motor Car Company based in Detroit produced vehicles between 1909 and 1954 when it merged with Nash to form American Motors. The beautifully presented 1922 Hudson Super Six Tourer is a stunning addition to the display.

The 1929 Chevrolet International on display was built as a tribute to the great driving feat of Mr. Hugh Harrison of Launceston in 1929. Traveling from Launceston to Hobart in 2 hours 3 mins averaging 60.3mph (96kph) was a remarkable achievement on a road bearing little resemblance to the one we enjoy today.

Motorcycles from the vintage period are also on display, featuring the 1926 Sunbeam Light Solo. The first Sunbeams went into production in 1912 and would soon overshadow the company's bicycles. The machines were hand built to a very high standard and they became known as "The Gentleman's Motorcycle".

After the First World War the Harley Davidson Motor Company operated the largest motorcycle factory in the world, supplying nearly 2000 dealerships worldwide. The Harley Davidson on display is a beautifully restored 1923 F Model that was Harley's power workhouse until 1929 when the Flathead engine was introduced.

This wonderful collection of vehicles from the Vintage Period is an absolute must see. On show now through till September 25th.