Friday, February 17, 2012

British Car Day 2012 (1)

Last Sunday was this years date for the annual British Car Day at Trentham Park. They seem to manage magnificent weather every year, even when the rest of the week has been crap.
Morris Minors are a popular classic car.

1912 Rolls royce.

It could only be the interior of a Mk II Jaguar.

The Mk II Jag has to be the best styled British sedan of all time.

That lovely rounded nose and shiny chrome wires...what more could a man want?

I'm not sure I like the hot rod look of this Mk 1 Zephyr, but the panel finish and paint job was outstanding.

Interior of the above Zephyr.

The cockpit and power-plant of a D-type Jag replica.

A gold plated leaping jaguar.

This 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud has appeared on my blog before, but its worthy of a repeat showing. To me these were the last of the RRs that looked how an RR should, and in my wife's favourite colour.

Interior of the same Silver Cloud III.

The Sunbeam Tiger always sounded a great idea to me when I was a young lad....

....but the idea of having to remove a plug in the firewall under the dashboard to
remove the left rear spark plug is not so hot.

Hillman Minxes of this era were a popular car in NZ. This one, however, is a Humber 80. A badge engineered Minx for the NZ market. I think Australia may have had them too.

The Land Rover Club is never short of members.

You may recognise the Vauxhall facia, but not in a convertible. The Vauxhall Vagabond was an Australian development built in very small numbers.

A fine looking British gentleman's saloon; the 1962 Alvis TD

The Alvis' interior is just as traditional as the exterior.

BMCs 1100/1300 range was a big seller in NZ, though not often seen with "mag" wheels.
This is an MG variant.

The simple lines of a 1928 Austin 12/4.

Equally simple interior.

This original, but certainly not immaculate Sunbeam Tiger was for sale for $63,500. I wonder what one would pay for a near perfect one with the steering wheel on the "correct" side?

Small cars suit bright colours. This 1932 Austin 7 was no exception.

1 comment:

The Old Vic said...

I'm not too sure about the "traditional" description of that very beautiful Alvis, Trev. While the interior is certainly British traditional, the exterior is based on designs by Herman Graber of Switzerland and is very different indeed from the traditional British look of the previous Alvis models, notably the "Grey Lady".