Welcome to the Historic Vehicles website, where you’ll find brand listings for historic cars, motorcycles and trucks, as well as restoration projects and historic vehicle stories. We welcome your feedback!


In this website section we’ve listed the truck brands that are of most relevance to the Australian road transport history. We’ve researched thoroughly, but we’re more than happy to add factual information that our website visitors may have. Contact us!


We’ve listed the significant car brands from around the world, with a particular emphasis on those that made their mark in Australia and New Zealand. 


We’re building this section and we’ll progressively add to it through 2021.


This section is devoted to reports of revival stories. We’re adding content all the time and love to hear from our website visitors about truck restoration projects.


Trucks, Cars and Motorbikes

is presented by

Jim Gibson

Allan Whiting

Allan and Jim are a couple of septuagenarian automotive industry – trucks, cars and motorcycles – journalists/photographers, who have a passion for old vehicles, having written many stories about these pioneering makes and models of automotive history over several decades.

So, having watched print magazines slowly disappear from newsagent’s shelves, Jim and Allan thought of another way to preserve our motoring past.

They researched heavily, rewrote older material and digitised old photographs. They also interviewed enthusiasts who were still actively involved in the hobby or business of breathing life back into old vehicles, with the Australian pre-30-year rolling historic plate rule being the criteria.

Jim and Allan trust that the Historic Vehicles website offers you, the reader, an in-depth look at not only the vehicles, but also the pioneers – Henry Ford, Walter P Chrysler, the Graham Brothers, the Riley Brothers, W O Bentley, William Lyons, August Fruehauf, C A Tilt, Thomas White and one that you possibly won’t know of, Frank Smith –  whose vehicles progressively came Down Under during the last 100 years or so.

There is a plethora of informative reading, accompanied by quality photography for you to enjoy in the world of Historic Vehicles.

“Keeping Our Automotive History Alive,

Allan and Jim    




Jowett was founded in 1901 in Bradford, in the UK by brothers Benjamin (1877–1963) and William (1880–1965) Jowett with Arthur Lamb. They started in the cycle business and went on to make V-twin static engines, some of which were fitted into other makes of vehicles as replacements. 

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Why Australian heavy trucks are the way they are

Why Australian heavy trucks are the way they are

In Europe, the USA and Japan, very few people notice the fundamental differences between each country’s trucks. It’s only in Australia, where all three nations’ trucks compete that the differences are so obvious. “Why is it so?”, the good professor used to ask and Allan Whiting makes an attempt at explanation.

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Mitsubishi’s automotive origins date back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co, Ltd introduced the Mitsubishi Model A, Japan’s first series-production automobile. A hand-built, seven-seater sedan, based on the Fiat Tipo 3, it proved expensive compared to imported American and European mass-produced rivals and was discontinued in 1921, after only 22 had been built.

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“Thanks for preserving and condensing some of our amazing history Jim and Allan.”
Barry Gibb

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