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September 2006 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
British Luxury
By Robert McLellan
 

With all the famous marques built for the English masses long gone — Austin, Wolseley, Riley, Morris, Triumph, Singer, Hillman, Sunbeam (the list seems endless) — Britain now concentrates on luxury cars that are appreciated throughout the world. Many, like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Daimler, go back 50 to 100 years. Most have associated with Connolly Leather, fine woods, precision quality and high prices. The cars that the aristocracy own, then and now, are elegant automobiles inside and out. The "upper crust", the royalty and the rich demand something worthy of their social positions. Their Rolls-Royces and Bentleys signify "old money" and "breeding". Jaguars and Daimlers seem to shroud successful business types in dignity and respect. Aston Martins and Lotus say, "I am rich and enjoy a good time."

Having owned one or more examples from each of these three groups, I have proven that you don't have to be rich to steal their air of "I am better than you". Good used examples are available and I have no doubt that you can put one in your garage. You might be surprised at the price of a 20 year old Rolls-Royce and they can often be found with less than 50,000 miles on them. Well maintained ones are reliable and the cars provide a "ton" of fun.

Do your research. Search through sales literature, press kits and books to determine what interests you.

ROLLS-ROYCE
 

1912/13

1924

1928
     

1934/35

1967

1969
     

1975

1979

2002
     


BENTLEY
 

1960

1967

1979
     

1982

1984

1984
     

1989

1992

1994
     


ASTON MARTIN / LAGONDA
 

1940

1959

1972
     

1978

1979

1996
     

1999

2002

2003-95
     


JAGUAR
 

1950

1955

1957
     

1957

1958

1963
     

1967

1968

1969
     


DAIMLER
 

1950/51

1959

1968
     

1970

1973

1974
     

1974

1975

1976
     


LOTUS
 

1971

1973

1973
     

1973

1976

1976
     

1977

1978

1983
     

And the following books are just a few resources for learning more about British cars.

BOOKS ON BRITISH CARS
     

AUTOCAR ROAD TESTS (England), 1951

MOTOR ROAD TESTS (England), 1954

MOTOR ROAD TESTS (England), 1956
     

MOTOR ROAD TESTS (England), 1957

PATRICK MOTORS GROUP - 1930-1980, Patrick Motors Group Limited, 1980

ASTON MARTIN AND LAGONDA,
Michael Frostick, 1977
     

BACKGROUND TO VICTORY,
Aston Martin, 1955

BRIEF OUTLINE OF JAGUAR,
Jaguar Cars Ltd., 1971

ILLUSTRATED JAGUAR
BUYER'S GUIDE, James
Hoehn, 1984
     

JAGUAR XJ6: 1968-1972,
R. M. Clarke, 1972

JAGUAR XJ6: 1973-1980,
R. M. Clarke, 1981

JAGUAR XJS: 1975-1980,
R. M. Clarke, 1980
     

AUTOSPORT FILE: LOTUS 1988

CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ROLLS-ROYCE, 2004

TWENTY YEARS OF
CREWE BENTLEYS, 1973
     

FROM CHARIOT TO CAR,
Robert J. Priest, 1930

ROLLS-ROYCE CATALOGUE:
1910-11, Rolls-Royce
Limited, 1973

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CAR,
Anthony Bird and
Ian Hallows, 1966
     

ROLLS-ROYCE: FACT
AND LEGEND,
C. S. Shoup, 1971

ROLLS-ROYCE: THE
ELEGANCE CONTINUES,
Lawrence Dalton, 1973

ROLLS-ROYCE: THE
HISTORY OF THE CAR,
Martin Bennett, 1974
     

ROLLS-ROYCE: THE
STORY OF THE BEST CAR,
Peter Garnier and Warren Allport, 1977

SPIRIT: CELEBRATING 75
YEARS OF THE
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTORCAR,
Ken Dallison, 1979

STORY OF ROLLS-ROYCE
AND BENTLEY MOTOR CARS, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, 1985
     

SILVERSTONE '86 GOLDEN JUBILEE BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB, 1986

TWENTY SILVER GHOSTS, Paintings by Melbourne Brindle/Text by
Phil May, 1971

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN: ROLLS-ROYCE FINAL
FIFTY, 2002
     

After you have thoroughly investigated the various makes, models and years, we would like to hear your thoughts. Better yet, let us see a photo of the results — your purchase!

 
 
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