A high quality colour film of the (then) latest models from Hillman, Ford, Austin, Triumph and Jensen among others. Includes the 'new' Ford Cortina MK1.
Here she is, freshly arrived today from the South Island, this elegant old girl is a 1956 MK7 Jaguar. Powered by the XK140's DOHC 6, these cars allowed you to reached over 100 mph in the lap of luxury.
Ian's newest baby still runs well - in fact the bonnet was still warm when these photos were taken today. Once Government-owned, she is finished in dark blue with the original red leather upholstery still looking opulent and luxurious. Note the unusual gear selector location; it is somewhat awkwardly positioned on the steering column behind the steering wheel - unsurprisingly an idea that didn't catch on.
Below our photos is a video about the MK7; enjoy the old footage which includes some of these racing. Tip: you may want to mute the ghastly and inappropriate music.
Here are the first photographs of our newest addition to the collection, a stunning 1962 Sunbeam Rapier. We are also including a link to an original sales brochure for the car, and a fascinating short documentary from the 'Classic British Cars' series featuring a very similar example of the marque.
New: just added a video found on YouTube of our actual car.
Click here to view the sales brochure
A behind the scenes look at how Morgan cars are made from the craftsmen themselves. Following each stage of the process from the wooden frame construction right through to the final quality checks.
The new arrivals just keep coming! Ian was thrilled to find this 1934 Austin 10/4 ute (there are also a couple of 10/4 sedans already in the museum). The ute doesn't currently have a proper driver's seat, but Ian will soon have that sorted; the car runs beautifully.
In addition to our photos, we are sharing below a wonderful short movie clip filmed by Kiwis Brian and Justine Pepperell going for a run in their lovely 10/4 sedan; we love the banter between them while the camera is running - awesome, guys!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May invite British made motors to the Mall.
Documentary which traces the rise and fall of a great British brand.
In the days when Britain's car industry was the envy of the world, Rover epitomised everything to which the driver of taste aspired, but in 2005 it reached the end of the road. The film explores how Rover cars went from defining their eras to becoming victims of their times, telling the story behind the key models to the controversial joint ventures with Japanese and Indian manufacturers in later years.
The story behind the new car aiming to restore Jaguar as a world-leading British car brand.
Mike Sweeney presents 'Cortina Special' where he takes a look into the history of the Ford Cortina and speaks to many enthusiasts!
With guests Graham Robson, Stephen J Vokins, Harry Calton, Tom Malcolm, Maurice Bennett, Andy Middlehurst, Dave Eastwood, Andy Childs, Darren Seed, Carol Seed, Stuart Hughes.
Originally aired on Men and Motors TV channel in 2003
Ian Royle is at the Vauxhall Heritage Centre in Luton taking a look at some of their classic models, including some which have been heavily influenced by American cars of the same era.