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Motor Car - Hartnett, Tasman Sedan, 1949 Object Reg. No: ST 038220

Hartnett motor car, two door sedan, circa 1950. One of 135 cars built by a firm led by Sir Laurence Hartnett, between 1950 and 1954. Serial No. & Engine No: 1012.

The Museum's Hartnett car is a prototype of the 'Tasman' hardtop version manufactured in 1949-50. It was a compact low cost Australian designed and built motor car intended for the local market. Due to various reasons it never became established and quite quickly went out of production.

This particular vehicle was owned by Sir Laurence Hartnett until his death in 1986 and was later donated to the Museum after spending many years on display at 328 Swanston Street.
Original Specifications:
Engine Type: Flat twin-cylinder, horizontally opposed, 4-stroke overhead valve
Bore x Stroke: 72 mm x 73 mm
Carburettor: Solex down-draft
Max Power: 19 b.h.p. @ 4,000 r.p.m.
Engine Capacity: 600 c.c
Weight: 1,200 lbs (approx 544 kg)
Speeds: 3-forward & reverse, plus overdrive
Top Speed: 70 m.p.h. (112 km/h)
Tyres: 4.50 x 15
Electricals: 6-volt 70 amp battery
Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons (22 L)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Fuel Economy: Average 60 m.p.g. (4.7 L/100km)
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Lady Gladys Hartnett, 1970
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1500 mm (Height), 1350 mm (Width), 3650 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: motor cars, hartnett, tasman, gregoire, 1949, history
Themes this item is part of: The Hartnett Car, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor cars
Inscriptions: Hartnett motor car, circa 1950. One of 135 cars built by a firm led by Sir Laurence Hartnett between 1950 and 1954. This car is a two door, four seater 'Hartnett Tasman Saloon'. It is similar in size and appearance to a Morris minor tourer.
The body is painted a pale cream colour and the interior is upholstered in various types of red vinyl. The vehicle has been restored at some stage prior to its acquisition by the Museum and therefore it is unclear how much of the car is in its original state.

The chassis (including windscreen surround and firewall), window surrounds and wheel hubs are made of cast aluminium alloy. The rest of the body, grill, wheel rims, hub-caps, dashboard, metal trim around inside of doors and bumper bars are made of ferrous metal with the bumper bars and hub-caps being chrome-plated. The bonnet hinges are chrome-plated non-ferrous metal, as are the door handles, window fittings, ?Hartnett? name places on the front and back of the car and the headlight surrounds. There is a red enamelled decorative fitting on the front of the bonnet. It features the southern cross stars bisected by a chromed cross with an 'H' in the centre. This motif is also featured on the centre of the steering wheel as the button to signal the horn. There is a red plastic tail reflector (or light?), and glass headlights with bulbs intact.
Company Manager/Director: Sir Laurence Hartnett, Victoria, Australia, 1950

Head of Manufacturing Company.


Ted Godfrey Posted on 06 Mar 2010 8:55 PM
I can remember a couple of Hartnetts in Toowoomba as a kid, one was a woody.
Marius Venz Posted on 20 Dec 2010 11:07 AM
I saw a Hartnett station wagon when I was a child, and never forgot it. The next one I saw was a restored tourer at the Centenary of Federation Rally in Canberra, 2001.
Quite a few Lloyd-Hartnetts (Or just Lloyds, as the later models are known as)have survived. The Borgward Car Club of Australia Inc. (www.borgwardisabella.com) is the best contact for anyone interested in these great little cars.
Keith Gales Posted on 03 Jan 2013 4:08 PM
I worked at Finlay Brothers when they were assembling Lloyd Hartnetts in South Melbourne in 1959
Keith Gales
Finlay's were a great place to work
Graeme Posted on 24 Feb 2014 7:03 PM
How about mentioning the federal government intervening through the Government Aircraft Corporation to prevent the Hartnett Car becoming a commercial success! Hartnett later sued and was awarded a very large settlement.

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