Auckland Veteran & Vintage Car Club (Inc)
Since the formation of the Auckland club in 1954 members and donors have been contributing to club’s collection of motoring literature.
When the club rooms were established, in Penrose during the early ‘70s, it had finally found a permanent home. The library has grown to become one of the most extensive collections of automobile and motoring related publications in the country, and the catalogue is now on-line. Please click on the Link Button for Library Catalogue at the bottom of the page.
With over 5,000 workshop manuals, parts books, original sales brochures, service instructions and technical instructions, the wide-ranging collection of technical information is fully catalogued to assist members in the restoration, repair and on-going maintenance of older vehicles.
In addition to these model-specific technical publications the library also includes a collection of just under 3,000 books which cover the complete history of motor vehicles, the manufacturers, where they were produced, who designed and built them, drove them, raced them, sold them, and the rest. In many respects the library has become a unique repository of historical motoring material, automotive engineering textbook etc, some dating back to the late 19th Century, and the birth of the motor car, both locally and internationally. The library holds publications of the Car and Motor-Cycle that date back to 1900.
The library also contains extensive collections of historic photographs, motor registration records that date from 1906, original car handbooks from 1911, NZ road maps from 1914, scrapbooks compiled by motoring pioneers, videos etc.
Other periodical collections of interest are back issues of the magazines: Beaded Wheels, Autocar, Motor, Motor Sport, The Automobile, Motor- Cycling, and Antique Automobile, as well as lesser-known, early publications such as NZ Motor and Cycle.
The library is open to members every Thursday from 9.30 am to 1.30pm, and on club-nights. A loan system provides members the opportunity to borrow books for a nominal fee, and photocopying of reference material is available.