Peugeot 106 (1991 - 2002)

Mar 30th
Peugeot is one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers. The company was founded by Armand Peugeot, who built a steam car in 1889 before moving over to Daimler petrol engines two years later. Racers grew Peugeot’s pre-war reputation, along with some adventurous styling, but after WW2 the company’s success was largely built on the production of conservative, well-engineered saloons. By…
Jaguar XJ6 And XJ12  (1986 - 1994)

Mar 29th
Jaguar was founded by William Lyons in 1922 as Swallow Sidecars (SS) in Blackpool. ‘Jaguar’ was used as one of the firm’s model designations in 1935. Following the war – when the SS initials had very unfortunate connotations – the whole business simply became the far more appealing Jaguar instead. The newly christened company made a name for itself with…
Ford Ka (1996 - 2008)

Mar 29th
The first Ford factory outside of the USA was built in Trafford Park, Manchester, in 1911. It had been created to assemble Model Ts, but was soon followed by Fords designed specifically for the British market. In 1932, the Model Y, went on sale, and was soon followed by a Euro-centric range, which evolved with the subsequent Zephyr, Zodiac, radically-styled…
Porsche 911 Speedster (1988 - 1989)

Mar 25th
Ferdinand Porsche would become famous for the inventing the VW Beetle but, after WW2, his son Ferry joined him in the motoring hall of fame as the man behind the first Porsche sports cars. As they were based on Volkswagens, they had air-cooled rear engines. The 356 was followed by the iconic 911 in 1964, a long-lived legend among supercars.…
Opel Manta GTE (1983 - 1988)

Mar 25th
Opel was founded in 1898, and initially built Lutzman and Darracq cars before introducing its own cars. Opel established itself as a respected carmaker, but didn't make enough profit to sustain the company during the 1920s - and the end result was General Motors took over in 1928 in order to take a share in the European market. Under GM's…
Morgan Plus 4 (1985 - 2000)

Mar 20th
Morgan started out building three-wheelers in 1909, and tapped such a rich seam of success that it continued building evolutions of it until 1952... and then re-introduced the 3Wheeler in 2011.  From 1936, Morgan moved into four-wheeled cars and showed a stubborn resistance to depart from its formula. Its handbuilt creations had very traditional pre-war-style wood-framed bodywork featuring a variety…
Aston Martin DB7 (1994 - 2003)

Mar 20th
Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford built the first Aston Martin in 1914. So called, with the ‘Aston’ coming from the Aston Clinton hillclimb. From modest beginnings grew one of Britain’s best-loved and prestigious sports car manufacturers. The golden era for Aston Martin began in 1948 when industrialist David Brown took control of the company; the iconic DB series cars were…
Allard JR (1953 - 1955)

Mar 20th
Sydney Allard founded hos company in 1936, with his first car being based on a Ford V8. the first bespoke allards came along in 1945, still with Ford V8 engines but now with very distinctive long-nosed bodies. always competition-orientated, allards remained rather idiosyncratic and dramatic-looking until the 1950s when a series of roadsters – the K3, Palm beach and Jr…
Honda NSX (1990 - 2005)

Mar 17th
Honda started out making bicycles and motorcycles, but it was inevitable that it would branch out in car manufacture as the Japanese motor industry grew during the 1950s and '60s. It unveiled its first car in 1962 and for the first few years concentrated on building small models. As the range grew, so did the cars, with the long-running Civic…
Toyota Celica (1993 - 1999)

Mar 16th
Toyota was formed in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works - and it was devoted to the production of cars under the direction of the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda. The original Toyota motor car, the Model A, was created three years earlier in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries. In 1936, the first passenger car,…
Audi A8 (1994 - 2003)

Mar 16th
Audi's history is a convoluted one, but in essence, what goes by that name now is an amagamation of several historic marques - each with their own fascinating stories. August Horch chose Audi as a name for his 1909 company because ‘Horch’ in German means ‘hark’, which equates to ‘Audi’ in Latin. Audi became best-known for its luxurious and sporting…
Daimler DS420 Limousine (1968 - 1992)

Mar 15th
Daimler dates right back to the dawn of the motor car. It was founded in 1897 after obtaining a licence to use Gottlieb Daimler’s name, although the products bore no direct relationship to the German ones. Royal patronagegave its early models an enviable reputation, with the marque specialising in luxury machines. It merged with BSA in 1910, leading to some…