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Glasgow Museums has a collection of 85 motorcycles. These date from 1899 to the present. This collection consists of motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, motorised bicycles, motorised trikes and bubble cars. It contains five motorbikes with sidecars, including a rare 1922 Beardmore Precision and a Brough Superior; two speedway bikes, a Douglas and a Jawa; two German bubble cars; a 1960 Vespa scooter; a BSA Bantam originally used by the General Post Office; and a Wil-Mac motorised trike. The collection is particularly representative of the 1920s and 1960s, although the rarest vehicle, a Beeston motor tricycle designed by Thomas Humber, dates from the 19th century. Contemporary technology and design is represented by a Ducati 916, which was chosen as an ideally designed object in the Glasgow Design Exhibition of 1996. Other well-known manufacturers represented in the collection include Triumph, Honda, Ariel, Vincent, BMW, Humber, AJS, Harley Davidson, James, Victoria and New Gerrard, the last two made in Scotland. Other notable inclusions include a Kingsbury scooter made in 1920 and a Ner-A-Car made in 1921–22. These bikes’ makers targeted women as a potentially important market.

Broader term

Road Transport

Staff Contact

Neil Johnson-Symington

Key Objects

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