English Sports Cars (1925-1939)

“The term sports car is a vague one. Yes, they need to be fast, have a vivacious engine and be engaging when you want to enjoy yourself, but there are so many niches within the term. You have some which are so focused on the sports element that they resemble stripped out track cars made for the road, while others are lovingly crafted and place comfort and luxury above the traditional callings of a sports car. Even how they deliver their thrills are different, with some manufacturers making the engine the shining star, while others focus on balancing and fine-tuning to make the cars shine when the road gets twisty. Regardless of the approach, we have done the tough job of crafting a list of the best ten sports cars currently on sale to help you decide”.
With these words Autocar magazine introduced its selection of the 10 best sports cars which was published on 18th January 2018. These words could almost apply to the 12 cars chosen 51 years ago which you can see here. With one exception the manufacturers 51 years apart are different but the spirit behind the vehicles remains the same. The Autocar list included cars made by 3 English manufacturers and one, Morgan, was in both. [The cars chosen by Autocar were the Porsche 911 Carrera, Jaguar F-Type, Lotus Evora, BMW i8, Nissan GT-R, Lexus LC, Chevrolet Corvette ‘Stingray’, Maserati Gran Turismo, Alfa Romeo 4C and Morgan Plus 8].

The prints measure 47.5 cm wide x 34.5 cm high (18 ½ ″ x 13 ½ ″). Minor variation in size is possible based on the actual guillotine cut made by the printer over 50 years ago. Shown here are photographs which have been carefully corrected to remove most distortion. Published in 1967 by © Hugh Evelyn Limited, London; drawn by George A. Oliver.

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