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Transport Technology

Exceptional levels of innovation have driven the road transport industries since the invention of the first bicycle. From streamlined looks and improved comfort to better engines, steering and suspension, the last 150 years have seen enormous changes in bicycle and car design.

Today’s bicycles look quite different from the first Hobby Horses, Boneshakers and Penny-Farthings of the 1800s, but the basic shape of the bicycle was set in 1888 with the introduction of the Rover Safety Bicycle. Designed in Coventry by J K Starley, the Rover Safety Bicycle has proved one of the world’s most enduring inventions.

Technological breakthroughs have increased the speed, safety and comfort of cars too. In 1895, pneumatic tyres were used on a car for the first time. The first factory-fitted radios came in the 1930s, and the 1950s saw the introduction of disk brakes, power steering and four-wheel drive. By the 1970s, cars with passenger airbags and ABS breaking were available. Today, one of the biggest challenges facing motor manufacturers is the need to reduce CO2 emissions; a challenge that many are tackling with electric-powered vehicles.

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Schools

Bring the curriculum to life!

Coventry Transport Museum's interactive exhibitions make the perfect venue for school visits in Coventry.

We offer a wide range of sessions for school groups, all 'Learning Outside The Classroom' quality assured. 

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Join and Support

Join us in celebrating a unique transport heritage. There are lots of ways for you to get involved, from supporting us with a financial donation to volunteering your time. 

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Home of the fastest car on Earth!

Coventry Transport Museum is home to Thrust SSC and Thrust 2, the world's two fastest cars.

When you visit the Museum, not only can you marvel at these spectacular feats of British engineering, you can experience travelling through the sound barrier on our all new 4D Land Speed Record Simulator!

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