unique collection of screen vehicles could soon
be winning more tourists for Scotland. James
Bonds gadget-loaded sports cars and legendary
cars like the Batmobile, the A-Teams van
and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, could soon be housed
alongside the former Royal yacht Britannia in
Edinburgh in a waterfront museum.
Millionaire businessman Peter Nelson, has collected
his unique array of vehicles from Hollywood
movies and television series over the past two
decades, but his collection has outgrown its
current home at the Cars of the Stars museum
in the Lake District. As Northern Exposure reported
some time ago, Nelson was considering a number
of sites to house part of his collection in
Nelson has now approached Forth Ports with a
proposal to open a new multi-million pound museum
in Leith, in which the company is said to be
Terry Smith, Forth Ports property director,
said: "Ocean Terminal opens in October and this
is the kind of attraction that might go down
Mr Nelson had looked around 10 sites in Scotland
- including two in Edinburgh, two in Glasgow,
one in Aberdeen, and one near Dundee - before
deciding to capitalise on the success of up-and-coming
He will exhibit vehicles in Scotland that he
is currently unable to put out on show at the
museum in Keswick. These would include his extensive
collection of gadget-filled vehicles from the
long-running series of James Bond films. The
1971 Mach 1 Ford Mustang driven by Sean Connery
in Diamonds Are Forever, the Aston Martin used
by Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye and Roger Moores
submersible Lotus Esprit Turbo, bristling with
weapons, from The Spy Who Loved Me are all likely
to be on show in the Scottish museum.
Mr Nelson said that he was open to suggestions
on the museums structure. He said: "It
could be new-build or an existing property.
Perhaps the area could house another attraction
to keep generating visitors, in addition to
The businessman said it would cost him about
£500,000 to set up the project. He said he was
also making enquiries about land availability
with the Duke of Buccleuch, Scotlands
largest private landowner.
Other famous vehicles in the collection are
the Mad Max Interceptor, Herbie the Volkswagen
Beetle, Kitt, the car from Knightrider, Fab
1 from Gerry Andersons Thunderbirds, Batmobiles
driven by the masked hero from Gotham City,
and Noddys car - a Fiat Gamini.
Mr Nelson added: "I will rotate the exhibitions
between the Lake District and Scotland by moving
them in a cavalcade convoy, probably led by
the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.
"I got the idea because the Latvian government
has just hired five of the cars to lead a procession
marking the 800th anniversary of the founding
of the state.
"They insisted on having Mr Beans Mini
because the comedy series is so popular there.
So if the cars can travel to Latvia they can
easily move between Scotland and Keswick."
Mr Nelson began his car collection in the 1980s
when he was stopped in his MGTC by a film crew
who wanted to hire the vehicle for the TV series
The Spoils of War.