This is a collection of some of the most notable classic British cars, which represents over 40 years of the British motor industry. These models capture the very essence of the period and with new and upgraded models being introduced on a regular basis, are a must for the discerning collector.
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The Sunbeam Alpine was a success right from debut in 1959. With its Hillman Husky floorpan, mechanicals from the Rootes parts bin and Ford Thunderbird-inspired styling it was a very attractive car. However, there was always a feeling that the Alpine could do with a little more performance, particularly on the American market. The rather staid AC Ace had been transformed into the Cobra by squeezing a Ford V8 under the bonnet and sales were dramatic. It was decided to follow this format.
Date Deleted: January 1, 2014
This Bentley, ref: B132HK, was Barker's 1936 London Motor Show car. Finished in yellow with chrome wheel discs and tan upholstery it was certainly a striking car, not at all what one would associate with Barker. The car was purchased by Henry Talbot de Vere Clifton and shipped to New York. A year later owner, new wife and car returned to the UK. In 1948, in a fit of pique, Clifton instructed his chauffeur to drive the car through a five bar gate, causing much damage to both gate and car.
The Zephyr was the middle sister of 'The Three Graces', as Ford termed its new range of large family cars. Larger in every respect than the models they replaced the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac offered commodious family transport with true transatlantic styling. For the first time the Zodiac was offered was a convertible like its lesser siblings. The distinctive egg-crate grille of the Zephyr only lasted a year before being replaced by a less interesting thin-barred design.
Less flamboyant than the Art Deco Kestrel, more modern than the traditional Lynx, and more conservative than the svelte Continental, the Adelphi represented the middle ground of Riley's mid 1930's cars. With its handbuilt wood-framed coachwork, centre lock wire wheels and high-efficiency engine the Adelphi was a most desirable sporting saloon.
The Bristol 406 which was introduced in 1957 had completely new styling which lacked the rounded looks of its predecessor. It was also the last Bristol to employ the well tried 6 cylinder engine, albeit in modified form, before American V8 power took over. The same basic body design with subtle modiciations would last right through to the 411.
When David Brown took over Aston Martin in the last 1940s, the DB2 was the first Aston Martin to use the excellent 2.5 litre Lagonda engine that had been designed by W.O. Bentley. Intended as a rapid Touring car the DB2 became successful in competition also. By 1955 the DB2-4 Series 11 was equipped with a 2922cc version of the original Lagonda unit and was good for 120 mph with a 0-50 mph time of a whisker over 8 seconds.
The new Series 1 Hillman Minx was launched in 1956 and demand quickly exceeded supply.
The station wagon followed in June 1957, only to be replaced by the Series 11 Jubilee range two months later, meaning the Series 1 Estate had a very short production run indeed.
None of these early wagons are thought to have survived although the station wagon version remained unchanged bar trim details in both Hillman and Singer variants until 1962.
The Lagondas of the mid to late 1930s were magnificent cars designed by none other than W.O. Bentley. The LG45 series was available in both short and long versions with both saloon and convertible options. The Rapide (LDM 78) shared the same V12 engine as the saloons, although shared no common body parts.
In 1948 Rootes Group's large Humbers were given a facelift with extensive front end styling influenced by the Loewy Studios. Available in saloon and long wheelbase forms as before, a convertible was also now offered. Coachwork was entrusted not to Thrupp and Maberley but Tickford who specialised in convertibles. Not many convertibles were built and restored examples are highly prized today.
The 1970s marked the high point of Bristol's large American V8-powered sports saloons. Immediately recognisable by its modified front end with twin headlights, the 411 Series 111 was a high performance express for those who were lucky enough to be able to afford it.
Date Deleted: January 1, 2014
Production Run : 2011 - 2014
Release Date:- Postponed until Further Notice