Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Can you answer technical questions about a specific car model?

The National Motor Museum has a technical collection, as part of the George Brooks Library, which includes reference items such as workshop manuals, parts manuals, and owners manuals. We are happy to consult these on your behalf. Under copyright law we are limited to the amount of a publication that we can photocopy for you. Alternately you can access the library by appointment. Read more about Can you answer technical questions about a specific car model? >

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Can you tell me the history of the motor car?

The National Motor Museum's collection and displays are available to visitors for a deeper understanding of Australia's motoring history and we welcome you to come and visit us. The Museum also has a significant research resource, the George Brooks Library, available by appointment, and some specialised books available for purchase at the Museum shop. Read more about Can you tell me the history of the motor car? >

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Can you tell me the history of my car?

The National Motor Museum is able to provide some marque-based history, such as the manufacturer and model history. However, in some cases unless your car is particularly unique, we are unable to provide the individual history of your specific car. However, it is amazing what you can discover during a simple web-based search.  Read more about Can you tell me the history of my car? >

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Can you tell me who previously owned my vehicle or any previous registration details?

Generally we are unable to assist with these types of enquiries. However, the National Motor Museum does have some hard copy early records for South Australian registrations developed by the late George Brooks OAM which may indicate who the vehicles' previous owner was. Fortunately most of these have been digitised by Family Tree Oz and made available online. Read more about Can you tell me who previously owned my vehicle or any previous registration details? >

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Can you identify a car from a family photograph?

The Museum does receive a number of enquiries regarding identification of cars in family photographs. We do our best to identify these vehicles for you, but we cannot guarantee a definitive answer. Many historic cars have very similar or identical features, or the body may have been manufactured by a local body or coach builder to order and thus be impossible to idenitfy alongside factory produced vehicles. Read more about Can you identify a car from a family photograph? >

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