An Album of British Sports Cars from 1940 to 1980. These are generally 2seater cars, and not saloon derived cars or hot hatchbacks.
AC Ace arrived in 1953, designed by talented AC engineer John Tojeiro. The Ace used the old 1991cc AC engine which it shared with the ageing 2 Litre model, although performance was still reasonable. For more AC Cars go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/ac/ac.html
AC Cobra Superblower. By 1998 a continuing relationship between the new owners of AC Cars and the Ford Motor Company (Ford were co-owners for a spell) saw the Cobra fitted with a Ford Mustang engine. The Superblower had a 4942cc (302cu in) V8 supercharged to give 320bhp. Only 22 Superblowers were built.
Aston Martin DB2/4 GT. For more Aston Martins go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/aston/aston.html
Aston Martin DB5. For more Aston Martin pictures go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/aston/aston.html
Austin Healey 100-6, the second landmark Healey 100, arrived in 1956. For more Austin-Healeys go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/ah/ah.html
Austin Healey ("Frogeye") Sprite. For more Austin-Healeys go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/ah/ah.html
Austin Healey Sprite Mk III: 1For more Austin-Healey Sprites go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/ah/ah.html
An Album of Pininfarina designed Ferraris can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/pininfarinacars/Ferrari
Jaguar D-Type. This is the 1954 D-Type, 55 cars had a longer nose for greater speed. The 6-cylinder XK engine was used in 3442 cc form. Cars had Discs brakes.
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. It took two years before Jaguar started to explore the possibilities of a works developed racing E-Type. For more Jaguar E-types go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jaguar/etype/etype.html
Jaguar E-type 3.8 Roadster first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. For more Jaguar E-types go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jaguar/etype/etype.html
Jaguar E-type 4.2 Coupe introduced in 1964, For more Jaguar E-types go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jaguar/etype/etype.html
Jaguar E-type Series III Coupe appeared in 1971 The new Coupe used the new 5343cc V12 engine shared with the Roadster and XJ12 Saloon, For more Jaguar E-types go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jaguar/etype/etype.html
Jaguar XJ13. This Jaguar XJ13 did not finish development because the Leyland merger brought new priorities. Regulations for Le Mans also changed and made the XJ13 no longer competitive. But in 1971 it was driven on track for a publicity video and crashed at speed; the car is an extensive rebuild of that prototype.
Jaguar XJ220. Launched at the 1988 Motor Show, the XJ220 traded on the success of the XJR-9 which won the 1988 Le Mans. It also became a speculators target, ordered for a quick sell on at inflated prices.
In 1957 Jaguar launched its final version of the successful and glamorous XK range, the XK150. For more Jaguar XK Sports go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jaguar/XK/xk.html
For an album of the Jensen 541, 541 R and 541S go to: http://www.redsimon.info/simoncars/jensen/541/jensen.html
Jensen CV8 MkII 1964. Eric Neale and the Jensen brothers designed the body of the C-V8 and it was introduced at Earls Court in 1962 with 361 cu in Chrysler V8 engine. For more Jensen cars go to: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/jensen/jensen.html
Lotus Elan Plus 2 The design took shape around a lengthen version, giving the extra space for two back seats. One key decision made by Chapman, Kirwan-Taylor and Hickman from the start was to base the car around the windscreen and surround of the Ford Capri Classic. A model was prepared, using the remains of a crashed Capri and the angle of the windscreen was set, laid back a subtle 4.5 degrees more than on the Ford original.
The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although later a coupé version and an optional hardtop were offered. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now famous steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. The Elan was technologically advanced with a twin-cam 1558 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension.
Lotus Type 74 was a revised version of the Lotus Europa with Ford Twin Cam engine replacing Renault in 1971. The Europa Special came about as a revised Twin Cam and different gearbox were fitted.
The styling was the work of Ron Hickman, the director of Lotus Engineering. He'd sketched out a design a year earlier when Lotus were bidding for the Ford GT40 contract. With it's squat height, the aerodynamics would surely benefit, but even so the drag coefficient of 0.29 was incredible for its day.
The MGA was a sports car produced by MG division of the British Motor Corporation from 1955 to 1962.
The MGA replaced the older T series cars and was replaced by the MGB when production ceased in July 1962.
At the time of introduction, the MGB out classed many far more expensive rivals in performance and handling. Although the 3-bearing 1798 cc "B-Series" engine of the original British models were quoted at just 95 hp (71 kW) at 5400 rpm, performance was brisk with a 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) time of just over 11 seconds. US (export) models were considerably less powerful, especially as emissions-equipped models were introduced after 1968.
First launched in 1967 the MGC was intended to replace the long running and highly successful Austin Healey 3000 series, however the faithful "Big Healey" were not convinced!. The MGC used a mixture of modified MGB bodyshell and a tuned 2912cc 6 cylinder engine, which it shared with the new Austin 3 Litre saloon. The MGC did feature some distinguishing features such as a small bonnet bulge (to accommodate one of the twin SU carbs) and 15" wheels. The MGC was also considerably more expensive than the MGB, this was not easy to justify to the public as the two cars looked so similar!
MG Midget MkIII (1966-1974)
The engine now grew to 1275 cc using the development seen on the Mini Cooper S. Output was 65 hp (48 kW) at 6000 rpm and 72 ft·lbf (98 Nm) at 3000 rpm. There were minor changes to the body in 1969 with the sills painted black and a revised black grille. "Rostyle" wheels were standardised but wire spoked ones remained an option. The square shaped rear wheel arches became rounded in 1971.
By 1953 the MG TD was starting to show its age, unfortunately for BMC the all new MGA was still a few years away and so a face-lifted TD was required to hold the fort!. The "new" MG TF continued the 30's style open sports theme of the TD, but gained a sleeker body to help it survive in the showrooms.
For a Porsche 911 Album go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/pininfarinacars/911
SS Jaguar 100. Using a shortened 3.5litre chassis and an overhead valve version of the Standard Cars 2.5litre engine, the SS Jaguar 100 was produced 1936-1940. See also: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/SS/ss.html
The Alpine III, produced from 1963 to 1964, gained further improvements and the addition of a hardtop model. Both the Roadster and GT (hardtop model) had a single Solex carburettor and revised suspension. Twin fuel tanks were added along with improved front seats, the GT also having a small rear seat. Other minor detail changes included a walnut dashboard and 1/4 lights in the front doors.
Triumph 2000 Roadster TRA
Triumph GT6 Mk3. Started as project to build a closed coupe version of the Triumph Spitfire, the weight decided it should be develoiped as a separate car with the Vitesse 6cylinder engine instead.
In December 1974, the 1,493cc engine was also introduced on other markets, in a mildly reworked model called the 'Spitfire 1500'. The engine, which was basically a stroked version of the old 1300cc engine, produced 71bhp and mated to a simpler 'Marina' gearbox, turned the Spitfire into a genuine 100Mph (161km/h) car for the first time. Fuel consumption was no higher than before but the car was much more flexible to drive, thanks to improved torque.
Triumph Stag Convertible Envisioned as a luxury sports car, the Triumph Stag was designed to be a gentleman's sports tourer, to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz SL class models. All Stags were four-seater convertible coupés; for structural rigidity, the Stag required a B-pillar "roll bar" hoop connected to the windscreen frame by a T-bar. A removable hardtop was a popular factory option for the early Stags, and was later supplied as a standard fitment.
Triumph launched the first model in its TR range in 1953, the TR2 was certainly a good looking car with a purposeful look. Mechanically the TR2 used a twin-carb Standard Vanguard engine which produced around 90bhp. The TR2 sold well at home and abroad and could be equipped with extras such as wire wheels, overdrive and a removable hardtop roof.
The Triumph TR4 was a sports car built in the United Kingdom by the Standard Triumph Motor Company and introduced in 1961. Code named "Zest" during development, the car was based on the chassis and drivetrain of the previous TR sports cars, but with a modern Michelotti styled body.
Without doubt the most controversial of Triumphs TR range made its debut in 1976 the TR7. The TR7 was British Leyland's answer to many safety and emission requirements which were beginning to threaten the traditional TR6.
The Wedge shape of the TR7 caused much consternation amongst the motoring press when it was first unveiled to the public in late 1974. Even today, over 25 years since its launch, the last of the TR marque is still an object of ridicule for some people
Triumph TR8 3.5litre. Triumph had built a number of Rover V8-engined TR7 cars, mainly Coupes, for competition and in 1979 started production of the TR8. Only about 2500 TR8 were produced, almost all for the North American market and in convertible form.
See also other albums at: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/british/british.html including British Cars, Heads and Tails, Car Sides, Car Bits ...
Go to this link: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/british/british.html for an album of Classic British Cars
Go to this link: http://www.simoncars.co.uk/austin/a40/a40.html for photos of Austin A40s, Cambridges, and their Morris, MG, Riley and Wolseley cousins