Motor Museum Part 1

1 : Introduction
2 : Motor Museum
3 : SOE Exhibit
4 : Gardens
5 : Beaulieu Abbey
6 : Palace House
7 : James Bond Exhibit

to the
MUSEUM (left)

The Museum
dates from 1952.

A section in the museum is devoted to a 'biography' of John, Second Lord Montagu.

Some of the items are displayed below.

The Rolls Royce featured here (Registration AA-19) is a 40/50 Phantom I and is fully described below.

The lady in the pictures on the left and immediately below is Eleanor Velasco Thornton, secretary to John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu (Second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905).

Their love for each other was to remain hidden, apart from being limited to their circle of friends, for more than a decade. (See also Part 4 in this section here .)

The Rolls Royce 40/50 Phantom I was a successor to the Silver Ghost. The example shown in the pictures above - registration number AA 19 - was bought in 1925 by Lord Montagu's father and was used by him until his death in 1929. It was delivered new with bodywork by Hooper and Co. (Coachbuilders) Ltd.

During World War II it was fitted with a mobile canteen body and saw service with the NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes).   Later, it was used to tow gang mowers around playing fields in Somerset before being stored in a dilapidated state on a farmyard.

The car was bought back by the present Lord Montagu and reconstructed for the Museum by Leslie Willis.

Cylinders : 6
Capacity : 7,668cc
Maximum Speed : 75mph (120.7 kms/hr)
Price new : £1,850.

'The Whisper' is a Rolls Royce mascot made especially for John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, the 2nd Lord Montagu.

Designed by Charles Sykes it was modelled by Eleanor Velasco, Lord Montagu's secretary, who was also the model for 'The Spirit of Ecstasy' mascot worn by all other Rolls Royces.

Only three or four castings of 'The Whisper' are believed to have been made and it is said that only two are known now to exist.

One copy sits on the 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 AA 19 (above) and one in the Lord John Montagu section (immediately above and left).

See also Part 4 in this section here.

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