Tag: Motor Car

1929

Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged

Bentley Motors Ltd: Sports car
Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged

The Bentley 4½ Litre was introduced in the late 1920s by Bentley Motors Ltd. The supercharged version, nick-named the "Blower", was introduced in 1929. With its long, tall body, open wire-spoked wheels and British racing green bodywork, the Bentley "Blower" is perhaps one of Britain's most iconic cars of the period. The Supercharged version is distinguished from its "unblown" counterpart by the... Read more »

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1933

Morgan 3 Wheeler

Morgan Motor Company: Sports car
Morgan 3 Wheeler

The Morgan 3 Wheeler was launched in November 1910 by the Malvern-based Morgan Motor Company. The 3 Wheeler was a cyclecar, a lightweight body powered by a motorcycle engine. The simplicity of its design meant the 3 Wheeler was affordable to people on more modest incomes. The company's first cyclecar, the 'Runabout' model, gave way to a succession of improved models over... Read more »

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1946

Wolseley Eight

Wolseley Motors: Family car
Wolseley Eight

The Wolseley Eight was a car nearly a decade old before it had even been launched. The outbreak of the Second World War caused production of the Eight to be cancelled as car manufacturing gave way to wartime production. With the end of hostilities and peace in 1945 the Eight was pushed into production, destined for foreign shores. The Eight was sold... Read more »

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1948

Land Rover Series I

Land Rover: Off-road utility
Land Rover Series I

The Land Rover was developed after the Second World War at a time when Britain was still rebuilding after six years of conflict. It was Britain's first production four-wheel drive utility vehicle. The Land Rover was designed to cope with the toughest terrain across the world. Series I Land Rovers instantly became popular, used by farmers and the military. It is estimated... Read more »

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1948

Morris Minor MM

Morris Motors: Family car
Morris Minor MM

The Morris Minor was developed after the Second World War. It was unveiled to the public at London's Earls Court Motor Show in 1948. It was the star of the show and attracted great attention, at a time when Britain was still recovering from the social and economic consequences of the Second World War. The Minor combined a modern design and good... Read more »

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1952

Morris Minor Series II van

Morris Motors: Light commercial vehicle
Morris Minor Series II van

The second series of the Morris Minor was introduced in 1952, four years after the first series made its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. Following the success of the initial versions of the car, a 2 and 4-door saloon and a 2-door convertible, Morris Motors introduced an estate, pick-up and van model to the lineup. The Morris Minor... Read more »

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1952

Morris Minor Traveller

Morris Motors: Family car
Morris Minor Traveller

In 1952 Morris Motors introduced the second series of its Morris Minor series, introduced in 1948. Originally available in two and four-door saloon and two-door tourer styles, the Series II introduced the Morris Minor Traveller. The Traveller model was the most iconic of all the Morris Minor variants with its structural ash frame giving it a distinctive character. The Morris Minor Series... Read more »

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1956

Morris Minor 1000

Morris Motors: Family car
Morris Minor 1000

In 1956 Morris Motors introduced the Minor 1000 model, the third version of its successful Morris Minor model. Production of five variants - including the 2 and 4-door saloons and Traveller - continued with mechanical and aesthetic improvements introduced. The most notable changes were a larger capacity engine, a new grille and a single-piece front windscreen. By December 1960 the Morris Minor... Read more »

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1959

British Motor Corporation Mini

British Motor Corporation: Small car
British Motor Corporation Mini

The British Motor Corporation Mini, marketed at launch as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, is one of Britain's most iconic cars. The Mini was Britain's first mass-market small car. The Mini's designer, Alec Issigonis, produced an innovative space-saving design that could still carry four passengers. Later variants introduced included an estate, pick-up and light van. The Mini was the car... Read more »

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1961

Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar Cars: Sports car
Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type was developed at the start of the 1960s. The E-Type is frequently named as one of Britain's most iconic cars. It was designed as a sportscar in two versions, a coupe and convertible. Jaguar designed a car that combined style and performance at an affordable price. Some 70,000 examples were sold world wide. The E-Type was unveiled at the... Read more »

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1962

MG MGB

MG Cars: Roadster
MG MGB

The MGB was developed by MG Cars in the early 1960s. The roadster version was launched in 1962 followed by the coupe GT in 1965. Production of a high-performance version, the MGC, ran from 1967 to 1969. The MGB was made at Abingdon in Oxfordshire between 1962 and 1980. The MGB was very popular with the export market, including the United States.... Read more »

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1963

Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin: Grand Tourer
Aston Martin DB5

Since appearing in the 1964 feature film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 has become one of the most famous cars in the world. The DB5, driven by Sean Connery as British agent James Bond, was the first Bond 'gadget' car with special modifications by MI6's 'Q' Branch including a revolving number plate, bulletproof shield and machine guns. The DB5 emerged from the... Read more »

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1967

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin: Grand Tourer
Aston Martin DBS

The DBS was developed by Aston Martin in the late 1960s. Production of the DBS and later derivatives - including the a convertible 'Volante' version - continued for over twenty years until 1989. More than 4000 examples were produced and the DBS stands as one of the iconic cars of the decade. The DBS was a star of film and television, starring... Read more »

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1967

Rover P5B coupe

Rover: Coupe
Rover P5B coupe

The Rover P5B was the car of choice for Ministers and officials of the British Government throughout the 1970s, long after official production ended. The P5B was available in two version, a saloon and coupe, and was a development of the P5. Some 69,000 examples were sold during fifteen years of production. The P5 was unveiled at the 1958 Earls Court Motor... Read more »

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1970

Range Rover

Land Rover: Off-road utility
Range Rover

The Range Rover was produced by the same company behind the Land Rover. Where the Land Rover was a rugged utility vehicle, the Range Rover took the Land Rover brand up-market. They created a vehicle with the off-road capabilities of the Land Rover, but with better road handling and passenger comfort. Unveiled on 17 June 1970 the Range Rover cost £1 998... Read more »

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