Updated - 18th May
3 more British classic cars have been added to the Readers' Cars section. Photos of a 1952 Ford Prefect, a gorgeous red Triumph Vitesse and a lovely 1968 MG MGC Roadster have all been added today. Why not take a look now?
The Sunbeam Tiger was a high-performance version of the Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine. The Sunbeam Alpine was a stylish two seater convertible powered by a four cylinder engine which gave respectable but not ground breaking performance, that had first been launched in 1959.
The Austin-Healey 3000 is probably the very epitome of the classic British sports car. It was a car that was highly desirable to so many from its very launch, and one of the few cars that can be said to have attained classic status whilst still in production. Quite an achievement then, but not an altogether unexpected one considering the Austin-Healey heritage coupled with its achievements in motor sport.
In 1966 Jensen introduced their all new Interceptor. It used an all-steel 2-door body designed by Vignale, which featured a large curved rear windscreen that opened in the style of a hatchback. The engine was an American Chrysler V8 and even considering the size and weight of this car, gave it tremendous performance.
Featured Classic Car
Jaguar E Type
When the E Type Jaguar was launched in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor show it attracted the attention of the whole world like no other car ever had ever done before. With its stunning sleek bodywork, ground breaking performance & impressive handling it astonished all. Could a car like this really be available for nearly half the price of Aston Martins DB4?
Most Popular GB Classic Cars
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 was launched in 1963, and was a development of the previous DB4 model which it replaced. Available as both sports saloon or convertible, the DB5 was slightly longer and also heavier than its predecessor, but the weight disadvantage was offset by the 4 litre version of the double overhead engine which produced 282 bhp.
Triumph had not failed to notice the success of the Austin Healey Sprite, and wanted a small sports car of their own to capture a share of this market. The result was the Triumph Spitfire introduced in 1962. It was an eye-catching two-seater sports car based on a modified Triumph Herald chassis with most of its mechanical components also coming from the Herald.
MG MGB & MGB GT
The MGB was first introduced in 1962 at the Earls Court Motor Show and it was to become Britain's best selling medium sized sports car of all time. Brought in to replace the already successful MGA, this all new unitary construction 2-seater was powered by a 1798cc version of the BMC B series engine.