Charlie's Arthurs Seat Auto Museum

A 1940s style garage housing a unique collection of 50 motor vehicles. There are motorcycles, a variety of petrol bowsers from hand pumping ones to the more modern type, dozens of enamel signs covering the entire walled area, hundreds of model cars in varying scales, and memorabilia reflecting over 90 years of motoring history. Many unusual vehicles including a good selection of Micro cars such as Goggomobil, BMW Isetta, Messerschmitt and a Suzuki Concept vehicle, as well as an electric Enfield, an Australian built Zeta, an AC Acedes Invalid tricycle and several unusual Studebakers including the Avanti. A small folk museum displays household antiquities, beer and bottle collection, sewing machines, radios etc.

Address: 
175 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, VIC
Tel: 
0359896320
0419887801
Hours: 
Saturday 10:30am - 5pm & Sunday 11:30 - 5pm Boxing Day until end of January and Public Holidays. Closed July and August.
Admission: 
Adults $8.50, children $4.50, families $26, pensioners $7.50
Facilities: 
Toilets, car and bus parking, picnic area, refreshments, sales outlet, wheelchair access and toilet
Collection: 
Estimate of several hundred model cars, plus 50 cars and 16 bowsers and motorcycles. Several hundred motor related signs and motoring badges, including several hundred beer cans, bottles, radios, cameras and advertising
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Items

Motor vehicle

Studebaker Avanti

Creator:
Studebaker Corporation, USA
Description:
Coupe body style, fibreglass, safety roll bar, disc brakes. Designed by Raymond Loewy. Avanti was the holder of speed record at Bonneville for many years.
Date:
1964
Item Id Number:
S/N 5444B

Motor vehicle

Goggomobile Dart Convertible

Creator:
Buckle Motors Australia; Hans Glas GMBH Isaria-Maschinenfabrik Dingolfing; Bayern Germany
Description:
German mechanicals; with body designed and built by Buckle Motors, Sydney.
Date:
1959

Motor vehicle

Zeta Runabout

Creator:
Lightburn and Co. Ltd, Camden, South Australia
Description:
Fibreglass body, tin doors, perspex side and rear windows. Two cylinder two stroke engine - Lightburn Washing Machine Company.
Date:
1965

Motor vehicle

Suzuki CUI

Creator:
Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd
Description:
Concept vehicle (only 100 built) with fibreglass body and two stroke single cylinder engine.
Date:
1980

Motor vehicle

BMW Isetta Motocoupe

Creator:
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG Germany
Description:
Front opening door with steering column attached; motorcycle engine to one side at rear; and four wheels.
Date:
1956