Take a look at some of the most popular Classic and
Modern Classic vehicles and be driven back to days gone
ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION…..
This presentation has been put together solely for pleasure purposes and in no way
advertises any of the vehicles shown, for sale by the company or otherwise.
The presentation is designed to give the audience a look at some of todays most
popular vehicles that were manufactured pre 1990’s in both the UK and USA.
Information is provided courtesy of Wikipedia and the opinions stated here are
purely that of the company.
MOST ENDANGERED BRITISH CARS
Firstly, a quick look at some of the UK’s most endangered
vehicles of the yester year. These popular cars, back in the
day, were built in hundreds of thousands and today there are
less than 0.1 % left on UK roads. This poses the threat that
the following great British motors, might not survive to receive
the crowing glory of reaching official Classic status……
AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1973 - 1982
AUSTIN MONTEGO 1984 - 1994
• 296 remain
AUSTIN PRINCESS 1975 - 1982
• 121 remain
HILLMAN AVENGER 1970 - 1981
• 369 remain
VAUXHALL VIVA 1963 - 1979
• 1,516,792 built
• 1057 remain
sorn’d in the
MORRIS MARINA 1971 - 1980
• 809,612 built
• 674 remain
AUSTIN MAXI 1969 - 1981
• 472,098 built
• 401 remain
sorn’d in the
So if you happen across one
of these much loved family
favourites, buy it and rescue it
from extinction or cherish
what may be your last look at a
piece of British history………
THE MOST POPULAR
Here is a short list of some of the most popular Classic cars.
Please excuse us if we have missed your preferred choice, after
all there are many fine examples!
The Porsche 944 is a sports car built by Porsche
from 1982 to 1991. It was built on the same
platform as the 924, although 924 production
continued only until 1988. The 944 was intended
to last into the 1990s, but major revisions planned
for a 944 "S3" model were eventually rolled into
the 968 instead, which replaced the 944. The 944
was a successful model and was available as both a
coupé and cabriolet in naturally aspirated and
The Triumph Spitfire is a small English two-seat sports car, introduced at the
London Motor Show in 1962. The vehicle was based on a design produced for
Standard-Triumph in 1957 by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. The
platform for the car was largely based upon the chassis, engine, and running
gear of the Triumph Herald saloon, and was manufactured at the Standard-
Triumph works at Canley, in Coventry. As was typical for cars of this
era, the bodywork was fitted onto a separate structural chassis, but for the
Spitfire, which was designed as an open top or convertible sports car from the
outset, the ladder chassis was reinforced for additional rigidity by the use of
structural components within the bodywork. The Spitfire was provided with a
manual hood for weather protection, the design improving to a folding hood for
later models. Factory-manufactured hard-tops were also available.
The fixed-roof MGB GT was introduced in October 1965. Production continued
until 1980, though export to the US ceased in 1974. The MGB GT sported a
ground-breaking greenhouse designed by Pininfarina and launched the sporty
"hatchback" style. By combining the sloping rear window with the rear deck lid, the
B GT offered the utility of a station wagon while retaining the style and shape of a
coupe. This new configuration was a 2+2 design with a right-angled rear bench seat
and far more luggage space than in the roadster. Relatively few components
differed, although the MGB GT did receive different suspension springs and anti-
roll bars and a different windscreen which was more easily and inexpensively
serviceable. Early prototypes such as the MGB Berlinette produced by the Belgian
coach builder Jacques Coune utilized a raised windscreen in order to accommodate
Acceleration of the GT was slightly slower than that of the roadster due to its
increased weight. Top speed improved by 5 mph (8 km/h) to 105 mph (170
km/h) due to better aerodynamics.
The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British
sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between
1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high
performance and competitive pricing established the
marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. More than
70,000 E-Types were sold. In March 2008, the
Jaguar E-Type ranked first in a The Daily Telegraph
online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of
all time. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine
placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top
Sports Cars of the 1960s.
The Lotus Esprit (es-pree) is a sports car that was built by
Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004, as well
as a future release in 2014. The silver Italdesign concept that
eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor
Show in 1972 as a concept car, and was a development of a
stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of
designer Giorgetto Giugiaro's polygonal "folded paper" designs.
Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed, but in keeping with the
Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the
letter "E", the name became Esprit.
Morgan 4/4 was the Morgan Motor Company's first car with
four wheels. It appeared in 1936. Its model designation "4-4"
(later "4/4") stood for four wheels and four cylinders. Earlier
Morgans had been three-wheelers, only, typically with V-twin
engines. Apart from a break during World War II (and the
period March 1951 to September 1955) the 4/4 has been in
continuous production from its debut right up to the present day.
Engine capacity has increased from the 1,122 cc Coventry Climax
engine in 1936 to a 1.8-litre Ford engine in 2004, although it is
currently back down to 1,595 cc.
The roadster was the first of the MGB range to be produced.
The body was a pure two-seater but a small rear seat was a rare
option at one point. By making better use of space the MGB was
able to offer more passenger and luggage accommodation than the
earlier MGA while being 3 inches (75 mm) shorter overall. The
suspension was also softer, giving a smoother ride, and the larger
engine gave a slightly higher top speed. The four-speed gearbox
was an uprated version of the one used in the MGA with an
optional (electrically activated) overdrive transmission. Wheel
diameter dropped from 15 to 14 inches (360 mm). Early models
sporting the chrome bumper, are most popular.
The Morris Minor is a British economy car that debuted at the
Earls Court Motor Show, London, on 20 September 1948.
Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, more than 1.3
million were manufactured between 1948 and 1972. Initially
available as a two-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range
was subsequently expanded to include a four-door saloon in
1950, and in 1952 a wood-framed estate (the Traveller), panel
van and pick-up truck variants. The Minor was manufactured
in three series: the MM (1948), the Series II (1952) and finally
the 1000 series (1956). The Morris Minor also housed the
same A series engine as the Mini.
The Ford Cortina was a family car built by Ford of Britain in
various guises from 1962 to 1982. The Cortina was Ford's
mass-market compact car and became Britain's best-selling car
of the 1970s. The Cortina was produced in five generations
(Mark I through to Mark V, although officially the last one
was called the Cortina 80) from 1962 until 1982. The
model's name was inspired by the name of the Italian ski
resort Cortina d'Ampezzo, site of the 1956 Winter
Olympics. As a publicity stunt, several Cortinas were driven
down the bobsled run at the resort which was called Cortina
The MG Midget is a small two-seater
sports car produced by the MG division
of the British Motor Corporation from
1961 to 1979. It revived a famous name
used on earlier models such as the MG
M-type, MG D-type, MG J-type and
MG T-type. The pre-rubber bumper
models are the most popular.
The Mini is a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation
(BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a
British icon of the 1960s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout – allowing
80 per cent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and
luggage – influenced a generation of car makers. The vehicle is in some ways
considered the British equivalent of its German contemporary the Volkswagen
Beetle. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th
century, behind the Ford Model T. This distinctive two-door car was designed
for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis. It was manufactured at the Longbridge and
Cowley plants in England. On introduction in August 1959 the Mini was
marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and
Morris Mini-Minor. The Austin Seven was renamed to Austin Mini in
January 1962 and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. In 1980
it once again became the Austin Mini and in 1988 the Rover Mini.
The Triumph Dolomite was a popular small
saloon car produced by the Triumph Motor
Company division of the British Leyland
Corporation in Canley, Coventry between
October 1972 and August 1980. The
Dolomite was the final addition to Triumph's
complex small-car range (codenamed "Project
Ajax"), which had started in 1965 with the
Land Rover entered production in 1948 with what was later termed the
Series I. This was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It was originally
designed for farm and light industrial use, and had a steel box-section chassis,
and an aluminium body. Originally the Land Rover was a single model
offering, which from 1948 until 1951 used an 80-inch wheelbase and a 1.6-
litre petrol engine producing around 50 bhp. The four-speed gearbox from the
Rover P3 was used, with a new two-speed transfer box. This incorporated an
unusual four-wheel-drive system, with a freewheel unit (as used on several
Rover cars of the time). This disengaged the front axle from the manual
transmission on the overrun, allowing a form of permanent 4WD. A ring-
pull mechanism in the driver's footwell allowed the freewheel to be locked to
provide more traditional 4WD. This was a basic vehicle: tops for the doors
and a roof (canvas or metal) were optional extras. In 1950, the lights moved
from a position behind the grille to protruding through the grille.
The successor to the successful Series I was the Series II, which saw a
production run from 1958 to 1961. It came in 88 in and 109 in wheelbases
(normally referred to as the 'SWB' and 'LWB'). This was the first Land
Rover to receive the attention of Rover's styling department- Chief Stylist
David Bache produced the familiar 'barrel side' waistline to cover the vehicle's
wider track and the improved design of the truck cab variant, introducing the
curved side windows and rounded roof still used on current Land Rovers.
The Series II was the first vehicle to use the well-known 2.25-litre petrol
engine, although the first 1,500 or so short wheelbase (SWB) models retained
the 52 hp 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Series I. This larger petrol engine
produced 72 hp and was closely related to the 2.0-litre diesel unit still in use.
This engine became the standard Land Rover unit until the mid-1980s when
diesel engines became more popular.
The Phantom was Rolls-Royce's replacement for the
original Silver Ghost. Introduced as the New
Phantom in 1925, the Phantom had a larger engine
than the Silver Ghost and used pushrod-operated
overhead valves instead of the Silver Ghost's side
valves. The Phantom was built in Derby in England
and in Springfield, Massachusetts in the United
States. There were several differences in specification
between the English and American Phantoms. The
Phantom was replaced by the Phantom II in 1929, at
which point it was called the Phantom I.
MOST POPULAR US
Here is a short list of some of the most popular Classic cars
straight from the US of A!
1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO
The first-generation Chevrolet
Camaro appeared on September
26, 1966, for the 1967 model year on
an all brand new rear-wheel drive
GM F-body platform and would be
available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, coupe
or convertible with a choice of six-
cylinder and V8 powerplants.
1964 FORD MUSTANG
The first-generation Ford Mustang
was manufactured by the Ford Motor
Company from 1964 until 1973. The
introduction of the Mustang created a
new class of automobile known as the
pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its
long hood and short deck, proved wildly
popular and inspired a host of imitators.
1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA
The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size
automobile built by the Chevrolet division
of General Motors introduced for the
1958 model year. Deriving its name from
the southern African antelope, Chevrolet's
most expensive passenger model through
1965 had become the best-selling
automobile in the United States.
1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLLE
The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized
automobile produced by the Chevrolet division
of General Motors in three generations for
the 1964 through 1977 model years. 1969
Chevelles were billed as "America's most
popular mid-size car." They showed only
minor changes for 1969, led by revised front-
1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR
The 1957 Bel Air is among the most
recognizable American cars of all time; well-
maintained examples, especially Sport
Coupes and Convertibles are highly sought
after by collectors and enthusiasts. They are
roomy, fuel-efficient, with tastefully
restrained, period use tail fins and chrome.
1964 PONTIAC GTO
The Pontiac GTO is an American
automobile built by Pontiac Division of
General Motors from 1964 to 1974. The
first Pontiac GTO was an option package
for the Pontiac Tempest, available with
the two-door coupe, hardtop coupé, and
convertible body styles.
1969 DODGE CHARGER
The Dodge Charger is a mid-size
automobile produced by Chrysler. The 1969
model year brought few modifications.
Exterior changes included a new grille with a
center divider and new longitudinal taillights.
The television series The Dukes of Hazzard
(1979–1985) featured a 1969 Dodge
Charger that was named The General Lee.
1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
The first generation Firebirds had a
characteristic Coke bottle styling. Unlike its
cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro, its bumpers
were integrated into the design of the front
end and its rear "slit" taillights were
inspired by the Pontiac GTO. Both a two-
door hardtop and a convertible were offered
through the 1969 model year.
1959 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE
The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its huge
sharp tailfins with dual bullet tail lights, two
distinctive rooflines and roof pillar
configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and
matching deck lid beauty panels. The convertible
model had power windows and a two-way power seat.
Plain fender skirts covered the rear wheels and 4-
doors were available in either four-window or six-
window hardtop configurations.
1967 SHELBY GT-500
The Shelby Mustang is a higher
performance variant of the Ford
Mustang. The popularity of the
second film of Gone in 60 Seconds
with the 1967 GT 500 revived the
popularity of "Eleanor."
AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL
COLLABORATION GOES TO……………
The AC Cobra, sold as the
Ford/Shelby AC Cobra in the
United States and often known
colloquially as the Shelby Cobra
in that country, is an American-
engined British sports car
produced intermittently since
A selection of our favourite Classic motor’s
ROVER P4 SERIES 1949 - 1964
The Rover P4 series was a group of saloon
automobiles produced by the Rover Company from
1949 through to 1964. The complete body shells
were made by the Pressed Steel company and
featured aluminium/magnesium alloy
(Birmabright) doors, boot lid and bonnets until the
final 95/110 models, which were all steel to reduce
costs. The P4 was one of the last UK cars to
incorporate rear-hinged "suicide" doors.
The Datsun Sports (called Datsun Fairlady in
the home market), was a series of roadsters
produced by Nissan in the 1960s. Produced
from March 1967-1970, the SR311 used a
2.0 L, U20 engine and offered a five-speed
manual transmission, somewhat unexpected for
a production car at the time. The Datsun 2000
was lauded as a bargain sports car. The main
reason for its production was for racing to build
the Datsun image.
1948 FORD F-1 PICK-UP
The first F-Series truck (known as the
Ford Bonus-Built) was introduced in
1948 as a replacement for the previous
car-based pickup line introduced in
1941. The F-Series was sold in eight
different weight ratings, with
pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine
(COE), conventional truck, and school
bus chassis body styles.
AUSTIN 7 “RUBY”
The Austin 7 was an economy car
produced from 1922 until 1939 in the
United Kingdom by the Austin Motor
Company. Nicknamed the "Baby
Austin", it was one of the most
popular cars ever produced for the
British market, and sold well abroad. It
wiped out most other British small cars
and cycle cars of the early 1920s.
AWARD FOR BEST KIT CAR GOES TO……….
Spartan Cars was a manufacturer of
kit cars based in
Pinxton, Derbyshire, which operated
from 1973 to 1995. The main product
was an open, 2+2 seater, traditionally
styled kit car based at first on the
chassis and mechanical components of
the Triumph Herald. An aluminium
panelled body and glass fibre wings
completed the car.
The Car of the Century (COTC) was an
international award given to the world's most
influential car of the 20th century. The winner,
the Ford Model T, was announced at an
awards gala on December 18, 1999 in Las
The Mini followed in second place…..
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the
Tin Lizzie, T-Model Ford, 'Model T Ford',
or T) is an automobile that was produced by
Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from
October 1, 1908 to May 27, 1927.
Ford wrote in his autobiography that in 1909
he told his management team that in the future
“Any customer can have a car painted any
colour that he wants so long as it is black”.
AND SO WE REACH THE END OF
THIS PRESENTATION, WE HOPE YOU
HAVE ENJOYED TAKING A STEP
BACK IN THE AUTOMOTIVE
TIMELINE OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
AND REMEMBER, IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO
OWN A PIECE OF MOTOR HISTORY, MAKE SURE YOU
SNAP IT UP, NONE OF THESE WONDERS OF BEAUTY
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