WELCOME

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!

HISTORIC TRUCK BRANDS

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!

HISTORIC CAR BRANDS

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. 

HISTORIC MOTORCYCLE BRANDS

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

TRUCK RESTORATION PROJECTS

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.

HISTORIC VEHICLES

Trucks, Cars and Motorbikes

is presented by

Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson

Allan Whiting

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    

LATEST ARTICLES

Day-Elder

Day-Elder

Day-Elder (1916-1937), also known as D-E, was a manufacturer of trucks in Irvington, New Jersey. The company’s president was Charles P Day, who founded the company with F G Elder and Theo McMarsh.

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Toyota LandCruiser

Toyota LandCruiser

The LandCruiser has sufficient cult status to warrant its entry in the Working Vehicles section of the Historic Vehicles website. The ‘Cruiser working vehicles have become legendary.

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Jordan

Jordan

The Jordan Motor Car Company was founded in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio by Edward S ‘Ned’ Jordan, a former sales executive from the Thomas B Jeffery Company. 

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