british sports cars

british sports cars

British Sports Cars

The question of which country produced the best classic sports cars (pre 1970) is a topic of great debate.  Regardless of whether you think Italy, Germany, Japan, USA, England or even France have produced the best vintage sports cars; England undoubtedly boasts some of the best classic sports cars in the world in terms of build quality, styling, innovative features and performance.  Considering that the Aston Martin was cherished by James Bond in film after film and the AC Bristol was revered so much my Carroll Shelby that he partnered with them to produce the legendary Shelby Cobra, then we that England’s automakers of yesteryear were doing more than a few things right.  Personally the Jaguar E-Type is my favorite classic British sports car.  I can’t imagine a sexier classic car than the Jaguar XKE Convertible (such as pictured). Its timeless design looks extraordinary from every angle.  Today Britain boasts even more amazing sports cars that are proudly designed and built within the country such as from Mclaren, Ariel Atom, Noble, Caterham and more.  To find a place to service your British sports car click here.  If you like this list of the top 10 British sports cars ever made then make sure to share it and post a comment below and say what you think.
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British Sports Cars

The Ten Best Classic British Sports Cars: Lotus Elan Truth be told, a number of Lotus models qualify to be on this list. Most notably among them is the Lotus 7, one of the most beloved elemental sports cars ever made. However, we chose the Elan because it was the first Lotus road car to employ a steel backbone chassis design with a fiberglass body. This made the car both extremely rigid and remarkably lightweight—both of which are the hallmarks of Lotus founder’s Colin Chapman’s philosophy of automotive design. Chapman felt power wasn’t as important as agility when it came to the design of sports cars. Technologically, the Lotus Elan was extremely advanced when it was introduced in 1962. It used a double overhead cam engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and an all-independent suspension system. With a curb weight of a mere 1500 pounds, the Lotus Elan was one of the most spirited small sports cars of its time. A 2+2 version of the Elan was introduced in 1967, in an attempt to broaden the market for the car. Anyone who recalls the 1960’s British television series “The Avengers” will recall the Lotus Elan as the car the sexy “Emma Peel” (played by the stunningly attractive Diana Rigg), drove. The original two-seat Lotus Elan was in production until 1973, the Elan 2+2 remained in production until 1975. An interesting bit of trivia, when Mazda’s design team was working on the original MX-5 Miata, they reversed engineered the Lotus Elan as part of their research.
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British Sports Cars

About US Our historyIn November 1977 a few enthusiasts gathered to found a club for British Sports Cars in Luxembourg, at a time when enthusiasm for old cars in Luxembourg really started to come up. Soon, membership rose to a healthy 200 members in Luxembourg alone. The club quickly became known in the countries around Luxembourg’s borders, the geographic situation in Luxembourg being very helpful.Today more or less 300 cars of all known (and unknown) british marks, from the 20s till today, are in the lucky hands of our members.The British Sports Car Owners Club Luxembourg is dedicated to promoting the British automotive sport and hobby.B.S.C.O.C. is also a founder member of L.O.F. (Luxembourg’s Oldtimer Federation, itself being F.I.V.A. member)ActivitiesWhat does the club do ?Organisation of tours in Luxembourg and abroad3-day trips to France, Germany, Holland, etc.participating in national auto-jumbles monthly meetingskeeping members uptodate by sending newslettersproviding spare parts addressessupplying technical helpediting a yearly magazinegoing to international auto-jumblesselling club regalia ( i.e. T-shirts, stickers, caps, umbrellas, badges …)
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Our historyIn November 1977 a few enthusiasts gathered to found a club for British Sports Cars in Luxembourg, at a time when enthusiasm for old cars in Luxembourg really started to come up. Soon, membership rose to a healthy 200 members in Luxembourg alone. The club quickly became known in the countries around Luxembourg’s borders, the geographic situation in Luxembourg being very helpful.Today more or less 300 cars of all known (and unknown) british marks, from the 20s till today, are in the lucky hands of our members.The British Sports Car Owners Club Luxembourg is dedicated to promoting the British automotive sport and hobby.B.S.C.O.C. is also a founder member of L.O.F. (Luxembourg’s Oldtimer Federation, itself being F.I.V.A. member)ActivitiesWhat does the club do ?Organisation of tours in Luxembourg and abroad3-day trips to France, Germany, Holland, etc.participating in national auto-jumbles monthly meetingskeeping members uptodate by sending newslettersproviding spare parts addressessupplying technical helpediting a yearly magazinegoing to international auto-jumblesselling club regalia ( i.e. T-shirts, stickers, caps, umbrellas, badges …)
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Our historyIn November 1977 a few enthusiasts gathered to found a club for British Sports Cars in Luxembourg, at a time when enthusiasm for old cars in Luxembourg really started to come up. Soon, membership rose to a healthy 200 members in Luxembourg alone. The club quickly became known in the countries around Luxembourg’s borders, the geographic situation in Luxembourg being very helpful.Today more or less 300 cars of all known (and unknown) british marks, from the 20s till today, are in the lucky hands of our members.The British Sports Car Owners Club Luxembourg is dedicated to promoting the British automotive sport and hobby.B.S.C.O.C. is also a founder member of L.O.F. (Luxembourg’s Oldtimer Federation, itself being F.I.V.A. member)
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In November 1977 a few enthusiasts gathered to found a club for British Sports Cars in Luxembourg, at a time when enthusiasm for old cars in Luxembourg really started to come up. Soon, membership rose to a healthy 200 members in Luxembourg alone. The club quickly became known in the countries around Luxembourg’s borders, the geographic situation in Luxembourg being very helpful.Today more or less 300 cars of all known (and unknown) british marks, from the 20s till today, are in the lucky hands of our members.The British Sports Car Owners Club Luxembourg is dedicated to promoting the British automotive sport and hobby.B.S.C.O.C. is also a founder member of L.O.F. (Luxembourg’s Oldtimer Federation, itself being F.I.V.A. member)
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ABOUT US Gérard DULAIT, who has an excellent reputation in this field, with thirty three years of experience, welcomes visitors and buyers to his garage just outside Brussels in Overijse. His knowledge and know-how in individual marques is extensive including prestige and classic cars. Dealing with ‘British and Sports cars’ is a pleasant experience with individual attention and appointments, taking time for each customer to assure they buy the car of the right choice and one they will be happy with. All cars are in excellent condition, often as new, at competitive prices. All cars are individually and thoroughly checked with meticulous attention to the smallest details. After a car has been bought from us we continue to look after the car and our customer, often ensuring they return to us. All foreign clients are met at Brussels airport (15 minutes away) or the train stations (25 minutes away). We provide all documentation and do all the necessary for the vehicle to leave us registered, insured, and ready to drive away. All our cars
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Truth be told, a number of Lotus models qualify to be on this list. Most notably among them is the Lotus 7, one of the most beloved elemental sports cars ever made. However, we chose the Elan because it was the first Lotus road car to employ a steel backbone chassis design with a fiberglass body. This made the car both extremely rigid and remarkably lightweight—both of which are the hallmarks of Lotus founder’s Colin Chapman’s philosophy of automotive design. Chapman felt power wasn’t as important as agility when it came to the design of sports cars. Technologically, the Lotus Elan was extremely advanced when it was introduced in 1962. It used a double overhead cam engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and an all-independent suspension system. With a curb weight of a mere 1500 pounds, the Lotus Elan was one of the most spirited small sports cars of its time. A 2+2 version of the Elan was introduced in 1967, in an attempt to broaden the market for the car. Anyone who recalls the 1960’s British television series “The Avengers” will recall the Lotus Elan as the car the sexy “Emma Peel” (played by the stunningly attractive Diana Rigg), drove. The original two-seat Lotus Elan was in production until 1973, the Elan 2+2 remained in production until 1975. An interesting bit of trivia, when Mazda’s design team was working on the original MX-5 Miata, they reversed engineered the Lotus Elan as part of their research.
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Most automotive historians will agree these are among, if not the 10 best classic British sports cars. Further, it is almost universally agreed British sports cars are largely responsible for spreading sports car fever here in the United States. As the legend goes, many of the GIs returning from World War II had become particularly enamored with the agility of the small open roadsters to which they were introduced during their time on the European continent.

Published on Feb 21, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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