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Motor City UK 1950 to the present

Coventry entered a period of prosperity after the Second World War that was to last until the 1970s. By the 1950s the UK had the world’s second largest car-making industry and was the world’s leading car exporter. Coventry became known as the UK’s ‘Motor City’, and more migrants flocked to the city for work. And that work was well paid: between 1959 and 1963 weekly earnings in the area were 24% higher than the national industrial average.

But the boom was not to last. A rise in European and American manufacturing meant that by 1974 Britain had slipped from second to fifth place in the list of the world’s biggest car-making countries. As a result, Coventry’s car output went into decline, and the city’s iconic factories began to close.

The city’s top 15 employers axed almost half their combined labour force between 1975 and 1982, which by the end of the period translated to roughly 520 jobs a month. In just a couple of generations, Coventry’s fortunes had completely turned around.

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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. 


Home of Record Breakers

Coventry Transport Museum is home to 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 4D Land Speed Record Simulator!


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. 

We are always looking for people to get involved!