Sir Robert Menzies' Australian Government Bentley 'S' Series 3 motor car. Commonwealth of Australia (C of A) vehicle registration number "ZSF 200". The vehicle is a large black four-door saloon. It has twin headlights with fog lights mounted below. The leather seating is deeply cushioned, and it has a walnut veneer dashboard and travelling tables for passengers in the rear.
This collection's primary historical significance is an association with Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978). This Bentley was assigned to Menzies upon his retirement in 1966 and conveyed him about his personal business almost until his death in 1978. Menzies was often seen in this car, particularly at his favourite football games. The development of the automotive industry saw the motor car become an iconic symbol of prosperity and freedom during Menzies' time in office. As such, this collection has strong relevance to several areas of Australian social history including ceremonial transportation, engineering innovation and governance.
Metal - non specific, Glass, Leather, Rubber, Plastic - non specific