The vehicles and collections at Beaulieu are a treasure trove for Ford enthusiasts.
Ford has enjoyed close links with Beaulieu since 1971, when they became founder sponsors of the National Motor Museum. Sir Leonard Crossland became a founding trustee and a Ford representative has been on the board ever since.
The relationship continued in 1985, when Beaulieu partnered with the Ford to bring an exciting new visitor experience to life. The Wheels pod ride quickly became a firm favourite with visitors, taking them on an audio-visual journey through the history of motoring.
The Ford Collections
Anglia 105E Super 1966
The National Motor Museum is home to a range of iconic vehicles, spanning early models such as the Model T through to the powerful Sierra RS Cosworth.
Family favourites including the Consul Cortina, as well as performance vehicles like the Escort RS Rally Car and the GT40 can be seen in the museum.
The collection even features a 'magical' addition, with the 'flying' Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, taking pride of place in the On Screen Cars exhibition.
Visitors to the museum can also get a close-up look at the engines of the Cosworth DFV and Cosworth GBA, representing the Ford's important contribution to the world of Grand Prix motor racing over the last fifty years.
Ford FILM AND VIDEO COLLECTION
The Ford Film and Video Collection contains over 2,000 films and videos dating from 1925 to the present day.
The fascinating footage covers vehicle launches, manufacturing, advertisements and race footage.
Housed and managed at the National Motor Museum Trust, new gems are regularly added to the Ford Heritage YouTube Channel.
Ari Vatanen in the Ford Escort RS1800
The Photographic Collection at the National Motor Museum Trust houses over one million images, including an extensive selection of historic images.
You can browse and purchase images from the collection online at the Motoring Picture Library.
The Reference Library holds a variety of Ford sales literature, car handbooks and instruction manuals. It also holds material from Ford's European Corporate History Office, including adverts, specification sheets and service bulletins.
The Reference Library is open to the public by appointment only. Find out more about the Motoring Research Service.
Each year, Beaulieu celebrates these iconic motor cars at Simply Ford. One of its most popular car rallies, this event sees visitors from all over the country bring along their vehicles to park up within the museum complex.
From Fiestas to Transits, all sizes and shapes of Fords are welcome with well over 1000 vehicles regularly in attendance.