Issigonis's "East-West" engine idea has been copied (and improved) by the rest of the world. I believe the British were the first to use disc brakes on an everyday family car. Permanent 4 wheel drive and anti-lock brakes were also British developments, but somehow the Japanese managed to put all these things into a simpler, easier serviced and more reliable packaged.
Almost every year I attend the British car meeting at, Trentham some of the following photos are from these events.
|Jaguar's XK150 must have been an impressive machine in it's day in 1960, because it still impresses me over 50 years later. This was taken as a British car rally passed through Masterton some years ago.|
|The Morris Minor 1000 would be one of my favourite cars. Simple ,efficient and practical; they were the ideal small family car of their day. I have owned one in the past and would love to own one again. This was at Trentham in 2008.|
|This Vauxhall Friary, a station wagon (estate) based on the PA Velox saloon has been around for some time, always in immaculate condition. It had the same owners for many years, but I am not sure who owns it now.|
|The MG ZB saloons were handsome vehicles. Their curved front grille gave them a softer look than the Wolseley equivalent with it's upright grille. This is a 1957 Varitone. Varitones had two-tone paint and the larger rear window.|
|The early MGs were cute little cars if not over endowed with power. Restored TCs are few and far between, but this an even rarer (though very similar) 1939 TB.|
|Triumph's GT6 was a beautiful little sports car. Based on the 4 cylinder Spitfire, but with the addition of a hardtop and the 6 cylinder motor from the 2000 saloon, they were no slug either.|
|This E-type Jaguar at the Jaguar meeting in Wellington had better than factory finish. The under bonnet paint was as glossy as the exterior and even a close inspection of the nuts and bolts did not reveal any spanner marks !|
|The big Wolseleys (and the equivalent Austins) were a roomy , comfortable saloon for those who wanted a large family car with a more traditional look than a Zephyr or Velox, but couldn't stretch finances to a Jaguar or Rover.|
|This Rover 110 from 1963 was parked at a motel in Wanganui, when I stayed there in 2002.|
|About 7 or 8 years ago, Majestic Motors in Masterton had this1959 Vauxhall Cresta for sale with superb paint work.|
|I saw this 1956 Vauxhall Cresta parked at the railway station in Upper Hutt early one morning.|
|I have always like the medium sized Rootes Group saloons. This is a top of the line Humber Sceptre of 1963. This is the first model of Sceptre, with the 1600cc motor.|