British Motor Industry Heritage Trust - Nick Baldwin Collection

Road transport history

See the development of different types of road transport over the last 200 years and some of the most significant vehicles.

Self-propelled vehicles powered by fuel, and refinement in the production and use of materials coincided in the early 19th century to revolutionise road transport. Within 100 years, wooden horse-drawn vehicles were universally replaced by petrol driven vehicles made from steel. Find out more in the Learning Zone activity 'Early Days of Public Transport.'

Timelines Plotting the development of different types of vehicles
Milestones Highlighting the best known and most influential road vehicles in history
Links Links to Websites of archives and museums specialising in road transport history