Midas Reviews

Monday, February 1st, 2016 - Classics

In 1975 Harold Dermott, the ex-Jaguar engineer, brokered a deal with Marcos cars to take over production of innovative little Mini-Marcos. He continued sales of the Marcos, but cleverly used the profits to invest in a new model, inspired by the 1960s original. Dermott commissioned Richard Oakes to design a new body and interior - and in 1978, the result was the app...

  • Midas Bronze (1978 – 1988)

Facel Vega Reviews

Monday, February 1st, 2016 - Classics

For a short time during the 1950s and ‘60s, France had a flagship car that could hold its head high among the cream of the opposition. Brainchild of Jean Daninos, the owner of Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure et Loire – or Facel for short – the manufacturer of high quality metal products, the Facel Vega was an impressive machine. The company carved a...

  • Facel Vega FV And FVS (1954 – 1958)
  • Facel Vega HK500 (1958 – 1961)

Lea Francis Reviews

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 - Classics

Le Francis has enjoyed a bit of a start-stop existence. Its first incarnation as a car firm was in 1904 but, after a few years, it reverted to making motorcycles. Car production restarted in 1920, focusing on sports models, but th company folded in 1937. A reborn entity returned after the war but its products were never built in great numbers and, by 1954, it was a...

TVR Reviews

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 - Classics

TVR grew out of Trevcar Motors, run by young engineer Trevor Wilkinson, who was persuaded to truncate his idea to badge the cars ‘Trevors.’ The first was sold in 1949, and the firm soon settled on the glass fibre body over steel frame that would form the structure of all TVRs. After several changes of management Wilkinson left in 1962. Martin Lilley bought the ...

  • TVR Grantura (1958 – 1967)
  • TVR S1 S3 (1986 – 1994)
  • TVR Tuscan V6, V8 And V8SE (1969 – 1971)
  • TVR 3000S (1978 – 1979)

Ginetta Reviews

Monday, January 4th, 2016 - Classics

Ginetta was formed by four brothers, Bob, Ivor, Trevor and Douglas Walklett. They built their first Ginetta in 1958, and provided vehicles for both competition and road use. All Ginettas had glass fibre bodies and steel frames, until the going got tough in the mid-1970s, after which they kept going by refurbishing existing Ginettas, and eventually reintroducing the...

Hillman Reviews

Friday, December 25th, 2015 - Classics

Hillmand was founded in 1907 by bicycle manufacturer William Hillman. As a car manufacturer, its products were seen as being dull but worthy, but sold well. After Hillman’s death in 1921 the company passed to his son-inlaws John Black and Spencer Wilks, who respectively would later run Standard and Rover. Their moves were precipitated by a takeover from Humber in...

  • Hillman Hunter And Minx (1966 – 1979)
  • Hillman Minx Series 1 6 (1956 – 1967)
  • Hillman Super Minx (1961 – 1967)
  • Hillman Minx Californian (1953 – 1956)

Panhard Reviews

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 - Classics

Panhard et Levassor was formed by René Panhard and Émile Levassor in 1887. Their first car (based on a Daimler engine licence) was introduced in 1890, but the company soon established itself as the maker of advanced and forward-thinking motor cars. An 1895 Panhard et Levassor was credited with the first modern transmission, with clutch pedal and gear lever. Panha...

  • Panhard CD (1963 – 1965)
  • Panhard Dyna 54 (1953 – 1959)

Peugeot Reviews

Friday, December 11th, 2015 - Classics

Peugeot is one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers. The company was founded by Armand Peugeot, who built a steam car in 1889 before moving over to Daimler petrol engines two years later. Racers grew Peugeot’s pre-war reputation, along with some adventurous styling, but after WW2 the company’s success was largely built on the production of conservative, we...

  • Peugeot 405Mi16 (1987 – 1995)
  • Peugeot 205 (1983 – 1994)
  • Peugeot 305 (1977 – 1988)
  • Peugeot 505 (1979 – 1993)

Frazer Nash Reviews

Monday, November 30th, 2015 - Classics

Frazer Nash made its name building chain-driven sports cars during the 1920s, but couldn't make it pay, so was taken over in 1929. Instead, it started importing BMWs, which gained it access to the German company's mechanicals - such as the brilliant 2.0-litre 328 engine – in its competition machines. After WW2, Frazer Nash continued, and named several of its mode...

Lynx Reviews

Thursday, November 26th, 2015 - Classics

With its workshops in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, and a showroom in the Lexham Mews, Kensington, Lynx Engineering catered for the requirements of Jaguar-lovers who wanted something a bit special. Founded in 1968 by Guy Black (former Chief Production Engineer of Weslake Engineering) to cater for the needs of owners of pre- and post-war sports racing cars, the compan...