Saturday 24th August 2019,

Browsing the "Introduction" Tag

Marcos Cars 1959-2002 history by pyntofmyld yellow rear side

Marcos Cars 1959-2002: Uncertain Future Classic

Jem Marsh was born Jeremy George Weston Marsh in Clifton, Bristol on 15th April 1930. An inspired engineer and an accomplished racing driver, he became a constructor in 1959. He formed a partnership with designer Frank Costin and so MARsh [...]

April 13, 2016 By type, Cars, Coupe/Convertible, Europe, Marcos Cars, United Kingdom
Morgan Motor Company 1910-present badge and bonnet +4

Morgan Motor Company 1910-present: Cars Born Classic

Founded in 1910 by Harry Frederick Stanley Morgan with financial investment from his father, the company was, and still is, a family business based in Malvern, Worcestershire, in the west of England. HFS (as he was known to all) died [...]

April 9, 2015 By country of origin, Cars, Europe, Morgan Motor Company, United Kingdom
Aston Martin David Brown by Gust

Aston Martin: The David Brown Years

First, the man himself: Sir David Brown (1904-1993), entrepreneur, industrialist and builder of agricultural tractors bought Aston-Martin Ltd in 1948. The following year he acquired Lagonda and combined the two companies into Aston-Martin-Lagonda Ltd. He had paid £20,500 for Aston-Martin [...]

February 25, 2015 Aston-Martin, By country of origin, Cars, Europe, United Kingdom
Alpine A110 by Thomas Bersy

Alpine Automobiles (1955-1995): Le Lotus Francais

Founded by Jean Redele in Dieppe, France, after much competition success with Renault-based cars. Alpine had several `signature` features that continued throughout the company`s life. Alpine`s long collaboration with Renault finally led to Renault`s take-over of Alpine in 1974, in [...]

January 16, 2015 Alpine Automobiles, By country of origin, Cars, Europe, France
Gilbern Cars 1959-1973 by whatmattdoes

Gilbern (1959-1973): The Welsh Sports Car

In the village of Llantwit Fadre, near Pontypridd in the Rhondda valley, South Wales, one of the very few cars ever made in Wales was about to be born. Two men, with widely differing backgrounds, would make it happen. [...]

December 19, 2014 By country of origin, Cars, Europe, Gilbern, United Kingdom
Berkeley Cars 1956-1960 by Paul Horn

Berkeley Sports Cars Ltd. (1956-1960): Sad Story of an Innovative Little Car

Berkeley Caravans of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire was owned by Charles Painter. Berkeley was one of the foremost makers of caravans in the 1950’s. Painter had pioneered the use of fibre-glass (GRP) in his manufacturing processes. Business was good except for one [...]

December 17, 2014 Berkeley Cars, By country of origin, Cars, Europe, United Kingdom
Bristol Cars Ltd bz 412 digital

Bristol Cars Ltd. (1946 – present)

Bristol Aeroplane Company began building aircraft before WW I. Their most important contribution was the Bristol Fighter, one of the best fighter-planes of the war. After the war, Bristol continued producing first-class aircraft and was in the front-line again when [...]

December 15, 2014 Bristol, By country of origin, Cars, Europe, United Kingdom
Jensen Motors 1934-1976 by Gust

Jensen Motors 1934 – 1976: The Unsung Hero of Automotive History

The Jensen brothers, Alan and Richard, were working for W.J. Smith Coach-builders when, in 1934, the proprietor died. Funded by their father the brothers took over the company and re-named it Jensen Motors. The business involved building bespoke bodies for [...]

December 2, 2014 By country of origin, Cars, Europe, Jensen Motors, United Kingdom
Panther DeVille by jambox998

Panther Cars 1972 – 1999

Panther West Winds was founded in Byfleet, Surrey UK by Robert Jankel, in 1972. The company was always known as Panther Cars and traded under that name. Panther specialised in building `retro` styled cars using modern mechanicals and high-performance power-trains. [...]

November 28, 2014 By country of origin, Cars, Europe, Panther Cars, United Kingdom
Mini by Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

Mini 1959 – 2000: The 40 Year Journey Begins

The word `icon` is so often misused. We should examine, clarify and re-define the word. A fair and accurate definition of the word is established with the following hypothesis: If a photograph is displayed almost anywhere in the world and [...]

November 21, 2014 By country of origin, Cars, Europe, Mini, United Kingdom