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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


Created Date:

13 December 2014

Last Modified:

19 December 2023
Birmingham

The Patrick Collection

A former private motor museum with a major collection of cars covering more than 100 years of motoring.

Location
Alexander’s Wharf, Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B30 3DY.

Date
1962 - 2018.

  • The Patrick-bodied 1934 Austin 10/4, source: by permission, Patrick Motors Group. 1930-1980, Fifty years of dedicated service.
    The Patrick-bodied 1934 Austin 10/4, source: by permission, Patrick Motors Group. 1930-1980, Fifty years of dedicated service.
  • Daimler Majestic Major, 1965, one of the cars retained from the Collection, source: by permission, 101 Great Marques, The Patrick Collection’s Celebration of the Centenary of Motoring, Andrew W Whyte.
    Daimler Majestic Major, 1965, one of the cars retained from the Collection, source: by permission, 101 Great Marques, The Patrick Collection’s Celebration of the Centenary of Motoring, Andrew W Whyte.
  • The Patrick-bodied 1934 Austin 10/4, source: by permission, Patrick Motors Group. 1930-1980, Fifty years of dedicated service.
  • Daimler Majestic Major, 1965, one of the cars retained from the Collection, source: by permission, 101 Great Marques, The Patrick Collection’s Celebration of the Centenary of Motoring, Andrew W Whyte.

Commentary
The origins of the museum go back to 1960 when the then chairman of Patrick Motors Ltd, Joseph Patrick, bought and renovated a 1934 Austin 10/4 that had originally been fitted with a coachbuilt body from Patrick Motors.  Over the years, the collection grew to some 250 cars and, during the 1980s, a purpose-built museum was constructed at Kings Norton to house the collection.

Unfortunately, the cost of the upkeep of all the exhibits became prohibitive, forcing the closure of the museum and the sale of many of its cars.  However, not all the collection passed into private ownership.  In 2018, five cars, including a Daimler SP250, a Daimler Majestic Major, an Alvis Speed 25, and the original Patrick Austin Ten were given to the Black Country Living Museum in nearby Dudley to form part of a new major exhibition.

Further details 

  • 101 Great Marques, The Patrick Collection's Celebration of the Centenary of Motoring, Andrew Whyte, Mandarin Publishers Ltd, 1985.
  • The Patrick Collection website: https://www.patrickcollection.org/.