Lagonda Rapide – 1961

Lagonda Rapide - 1961

In 1947 entrepreneur David Brown answered a small ad in The Times offering ‘High-class motor business for sale’… and bought Aston Martin. His spending spree didn’t stop, for he also acquired Lagonda . . . which cost more than twice as much as Aston Martin. In fact, the bargain buy would be the winner and … [Read more…]

Lamborghini 350 GT – 1964

Lamborghini 350 GT - 1964

Could it be true? Rumour has it that self-made Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini had trouble with his Ferrari, complained to old Enzo personally and was brusquely rebuffed by Il Commendatore. Suitably insulted, he decided to try and geld the Prancing Horse by creating a sharp new breed of performance cars.

Jensen FF – 1966

Jensen FF - 1966

In 1961 the Ferguson P99 Climax scored a notable first and last. In the hands of Stirling Moss it became the first four-wheel-drive car — and last front-engined car — to win a Formula 1 race. On the road front, the joint venture led to the Jensen CV-8 FF shown at the Earls Court Motor … [Read more…]

Jensen Interceptor – 1966

Jensen Interceptor - 1966

Jensen Motors was founded by brothers Richard and Alan, who made vehicle bodies before World War II and were soon producing their own cars. The first Interceptor appeared in 1949 — a coupe with an Austin Six engine and a pioneering fibreglass body.

Jaguar XJ Mk 1 Series 1 – 1968

Jaguar-XJ-Mk-1

Jaguar’s strenuous efforts to make the grade as an upmarket volume purveyor of quality saloon cars took a step forward in 1968 with the introduction of the all-new XJ Series 1. The launch of the XJ (from Xperimental Jaguar) Series consolidated the company’s saloon car offering into a single range.

Jaguar Mk X – 1961

Jaguar Mk X - 1961

This top-of-the-range luxury car was completely different from its Mk IX predecessor and a bit of a monster by European standards – fully six feet (two metres) wide. That was because it was principally designed for the United States market where big was beautiful and petrol consumption immaterial.

Iso Grifo – 1965

Iso Grifo - 1965

Iso Autoveicoli was founded in 1953, as successor to a company that made refrigerators before switching to scooters, motorcycles and three wheelers after World War II. The founder was engineer Renzo Rivolta, whose new venture took off when he developed the successful Isetta Bubble Car, which was produced in many countries.

Honda S800 – 1966

Honda S800 - 1966

Japanese car manufacture after World War II was initially shaped by regulations that favoured the smallest of cars. Motorcycle maker Honda was keen to move into car production and showed a tiny S360 two-seater concept car at the 1962 Tokyo Motor Show.

Jaguar E-Type – 1961

Jaguar E-Type - 1961

The golden era of Jaguar Cars got off to a great start with the XK120 and XK150, but the company really hit the jackpot with the E-Type (XK-E in America). This is regarded as the finest-looking sports car of all time (The most beautiful car ever made’ was Enzo Ferrari’s verdict) and also the most … [Read more…]

Imperial LeBaron – 1960

Imperial LeBaron 1960

This was an expensive, luxurious oddity. Chrysler had turned its Imperial models into a separate marque in 1955, to compete with Ford’s up-market Lincoln brand, so these grand cars were aimed at the pricey end of the market. In 1960 the creme de la creme was the range-topping four-door Imperial LeBaron.