07:58AM, Tuesday 17 June 2014
A rare piece of the town's motoring history came back home yesterday in time for a new exhibition at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
As part of the new 'Maidenhead's Motor Industry' exhibition a rare 1921 GWK will be on show at the museum in Park Street.
It is the first of three vintage cars to be displayed at the museum for the exhibition which will also feature a selection of photographs from private collections and a chance to see components of classic cars.
The GWK was built on the Cordwallis Estate between 1914 and 1936 and has been loaned to the heritage centre from a private owner in east Sussex.
It is one of a handful left in existence today and features the innovative 'fraction disc transmission' which took away the need for a traditional gearbox.
The last GWK'S were made at Cordwallis Estate in 1931.
Heritage centre chairman Richard Poad, said: "I want everybody to discover a part of Maidenhead's manufacturing history especially since there is very little manufacturing in Maidenhead now.
"It is a part of Maidenhead's history that might have been forgotten but actually we can be very proud of it. We hope that the petrol-heads will really love it."
The GWK will be on display until Saturday, July 19, when it will be the turn of the Burney Streamline and then the Marendaz Special to go on show.
The exhibition opens on Friday and runs until Wednesday, September 13.
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