1986 Rover SD1

1986 Rover SD1

The Rover SD1, there’s nothing much you can really say about it that hasn’t already been said. Often considered the last ‘true’ Rover, the SD1 was built in a time when the company was facing a painful decline under the weight of industrial tensions and economic pressure, and would end garnering a mixed reception at the time, but has since become a true cult classic.

The SD1’s history truly goes back to the formation of British Leyland in 1968, where at the encouragement of then Minister of Technology, the late Tony Benn, British Motor Holdings, owner of Morris, Austin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar/Daimler, Rover and a slew of other small car manufacturers, merged with the Leyland Motor Group, builder of many fine trucks and buses as well as being owner of the Triumph brand. The intention of this company was to create a utopian British General Motors, a selection of market beating … Read More

1956 Jaguar XKSS sports front right

1956 Jaguar XKSS sports front right

Jaguar Cars Ltd., better known simply as Jaguar is a British luxury car manufacturer, headquartered in Coventry, England.
Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before switching to passenger cars. The name was changed to Jaguar after World War II due to the unfavourable connotations of the SS initials.
The Jaguar D-Type, like its predecessor the C-Type, was a factory-built race car. Although it shared the basic straight-6 XK engine design (initially 3.4L and eventually uprated to 3.8 litres in the late fifties) with the C-Type, the majority of the car was radically different. Perhaps its most ground-breaking innovation was the introduction of a monocoque chassis, which not only introduced aircraft-style engineering to competition car design, but also an aeronautical understanding of aerodynamic efficiency. The D-Type was introduced purely for competition, but after Jaguar withdrew from racing, the company … Read More

1947 MG TC Midget Sports Car front

1947 MG TC Midget Sports Car front

MG Cars is a former British sports car manufacturer, which was founded in 1924, the creator of the MG brand.
MG Cars is best known for its two-seat open sports cars, but MG also produced saloons and coup├ęs. More recently, the MG marque has also been used on sportier versions of other models belonging to the parent company.
The MG marque was in continuous use (barring the years of the Second World War) for 56 years after its inception. Production of predominantly two-seater sports cars was concentrated at a factory in Abingdon, some 10 miles (16 km) south of Oxford. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) competition department was also based at the Abingdon plant and produced many winning rally and race cars. In the autumn of 1980, however, the Abingdon factory closed and MGB production ceased.
The MG TA replaced the PB in 1936. It was an evolution of the … Read More

1995 Montego

1995 Montego

The last ever Montego to roll down the factory line at Longbridge in 1995, signed by the production team to mark the historic occasion.

For some reason I always had a bit of an affinity towards these cars, largely due to the fact that they seemed to be smiling with those light clusters. But much like the Maestro, it had purpose, it was innovative, and it was a car that refused to die!

The Austin Montego first started development life way back in 1977 under project code LC10 (Leyland Cars 10), as an intended replacement for the Morris Marina and the Princess. However, like many of the company’s promising projects, such as the Maestro and the Metro, it was shelved for years on account of the fact that British Leyland ran out of money! After a corporate bailout by the British Government, the company chose instead to prolong the development … Read More