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

Allan Whiting

Allan Whiting

Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson

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    



UK manufacturer, Sentinel Waggon Works Ltd was a British company based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire that made steam-powered lorries, railway locomotives and after World War II, diesel-engined lorries, buses and locomotives. The company ceased operating in 1956.

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Janus Motorcycles is an American manufacturer of retro-design, small-displacement motorcycles, located in Goshen, Indiana. The company was founded in 2011 by Richard Worsham and Devin Biek, and has been delivering motorcycles since 2013. 

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Southern Cross – Smithy’s car

The Southern Cross was an innovative Australian car design, produced between 1931 and 1935 under the chairmanship of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith by the Marks Motor Construction Company.

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

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