MG ZR (2001 - 2005)

Jan 25th
Cecil Kimber was manager of Morris Garages in Oxford when he commissioned some sports cars to be built on a Morris chassis in 1923. Their appeal prompted more models and MG soon became one of the favourite pre-war British performance marques. In 1952, it joined BMC and introduced the much-loved MGA, then the MGB, which was produced from 1962 to…
Lynx Eventer (1982 - 2002)

Jan 24th
With its workshops in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, and a showroom in the Lexham Mews, Kensington, Lynx Engineering catered for the requirements of Jaguar-lovers who wanted something a bit special. Founded in 1968 by Guy Black (former Chief Production Engineer of Weslake Engineering) to cater for the needs of owners of pre- and post-war sports racing cars, the company earned a…
Frazer Nash Fast Roadster, Mille Miglia, Le Mans (1949 - 1953)

Jan 23rd
Frazer Nash made its name building chain-driven sports cars during the 1920s, but couldn't make it pay, so was taken over in 1929. Instead, it started importing BMWs, which gained it access to the German company's mechanicals - such as the brilliant 2.0-litre 328 engine – in its competition machines. After WW2, Frazer Nash continued, and named several of its…
TVR Griffith (1991 - 2000)

Jan 22nd
TVR grew out of Trevcar Motors, run by young engineer Trevor Wilkinson, who was persuaded to truncate his idea to badge the cars ‘Trevors.’ The first was sold in 1949, and the firm soon settled on the glass fibre body over steel frame that would form the structure of all TVRs. After several changes of management Wilkinson left in 1962.…
Austin-Healey Sprite (1958 - 1971)

Jan 18th
Donald Healey built cars bearing his own name from 1945 onwards, but real success arrived with the launch of his Healey 100 in 1952. It was noticed by Austin boss Leonard Lord, and a deal between the two parties was soon reached where Austin would build the Healey, using its mechanical parts in Abingdon. And so, Austin-Healey as a marque…
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo And Turbo R (1982 - 1995)

Jan 13th
Bentley was founded on 18 January 1919 by W O Bentley, and the company quickly established itself as a member of the British automotive aristocracy. But it was Le Mans where the company made its true claim to fame. WO designed and made production cars that won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930.…
Siata Amica (1955 - 1960)

Jan 11th
Siata, or the Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori was a short-lived Italian supercar manufacturer that made its name with the 208-series cars. It started life in 1926 by amateur racecar driver Giorgio Ambrosini, and started as a manufactuer in 1948, with the Fiat 500-based Amica sports car.Although the 208-series lasted a mere two years, the company managed to continue as…
Suzuki Cappuccino (1993 - 1995)

Jan 10th
Suzuki was formed in June 1954, and introduced its first car – the 360cc Suzulight – in 1955. Its first car was shaped after minutely studying the microcar opposition from Europe, and building something better. It proved a hit in Japan, and was soon joined by van and pick-up versions. In 1959, it was joined by the Suzulight TL, a…
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit And Silver Spur (1980 - 1995)

Jan 10th
The partnership of engineer Henry Royce and rich gentleman Charles Rolls resulted in the 1906 formation of the world’s most prestigious marque. The Silver Ghost was dubbed ‘The best car in the world’ and RR tried to stick to this creed with all subsequent models. Magnificent leviathans followed, each unstinting in their luxury and price. The post-war Silver Cloud models…
Ginetta G15 (1968 - 1974)

Jan 8th
Ginetta was formed by four brothers, Bob, Ivor, Trevor and Douglas Walklett. They built their first Ginetta in 1958, and provided vehicles for both competition and road use. All Ginettas had glass fibre bodies and steel frames, until the going got tough in the mid-1970s, after which they kept going by refurbishing existing Ginettas, and eventually reintroducing the popular G4…
Bizzarrini GT Strada 5300 (1965 - 1969)

Jan 8th
Giotto Bizzarrini was an engineer for Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Lamborghini before going it alone to build his own car. He was heavily involved with the creation of the legendary 250GTO, and much of the experience picked up on this project was put to good use with his own car. Before starting on what would become the GT Strada, Bizzarrini…
Simca 1100 (1967 - 1982)

Jan 8th
Société Industrielle de Mécanique et de Carrosserie Automobile was founded in 1935, initially building rebadged Fiats. This it did so well that, during the 1950s, it was able to take over a number of other manufacturers including Ford France, and put that company’s V8 into production, as well as constructing its own rather distinctive designs. Chrysler, which was seeking a…