Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

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350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine.

“The photographs for the cards were taken in the Beaulieu attraction grounds and in our studio and we have included caption details of the vehicle’s history on the back of each card,” Jonathan Day, Motoring Picture Library manager at the museum said in a news release. “All of the vehicles included are part of the National Motor Museum’s collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history and we are very excited to be part of this unique project.”

Cars featured on the greeting cards range from a 1903 De Dion Bouton to a 1960 Allard dragster. Several of the cards feature motorcycles.

Here’s the complete list:

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  • ▪ 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
    ▪ 1930 Bentley 4.5 Supercharged
    ▪ 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
    ▪ 1920 Sunbeam 350hp
    ▪ 1967 Lotus 49
    ▪ 1903 De Dion Bouton
    ▪ 1956 Austin Healey 100M
    ▪ 1954 Triumph TR2
    ▪ 1914 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
    ▪ 1949 Morris Minor
    ▪ 1968 MGC GT
    ▪ 1969 Jensen Interceptor
    ▪ 1953 VW Beetle
    ▪ 1989 Lotus Esprit
    ▪ 1924 Bugatti T35
    ▪ 1948 Land Rover
    ▪ 1950 BRM V16
    ▪ 1936 Brough Special motorcycle combination
    ▪ 1960 Allard Dragster
    ▪ 1961 Honda RC162 motorcycle
    ▪ 1912 Sunbeam Coupe de L’autoThe cards are available at the museum’s gift shop or can be ordered online from Really Wild Cards. On the website, you not only can see the card images, but can hear the engine sounds. The cards are priced at £5.99 each ($7.50) on the website.

Click this link, and then on the image of the 1920 Sunbeam, and then on the arrow at the bottom of the Sunbeam screen to and hear the car’s 350-horsepower engine.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.