British auto manufacturing began in the late 1890s. Some of the first prominent British makes are still in existence. By the 1950s, the United Kingdom was 2nd largest manufacturer and was the largest car exporter in the world. This exhibit features some of the traditional vehicles like Bentley, MG, Mini Cooper, and Jaguar. It also features more unusual cars like the Vixen and the Jowett. One of the most unusual cars is a head-of-state limo that once transported Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace, and other dignitaries.
It could be argued colonial America was born from British culture. Once the United States was established and began playing a larger role in world politics, American culture influenced the world. However, in the last century, the British trends have strongly influenced American culture in repeated waves, often led by music and films. This exhibit features many examples of British culture, literature, and music as well as an entire area devoted to the iconic James Bond (with an Aston Martin).