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It’s not every day that little Lotus unveils an entirely new model—and it’s even rarer that the company releases a model with more than two seats. The new Evora (a name that has nothing to do with...
Land Rover has known a few corporate parents in its 61 years, including British Leyland, British Aerospace, BMW, Ford, and now the Indian automaker Tata. But through it all, the British marque’s...
The Morgan Motor Company may be regarded by some as a quaint relic of Britain’s storied automotive past. Yet the last independent British carmaker celebrates its centenary not only with a nod to...
Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman had a simple formula for making cars faster: "To add speed, add lightness." More than 25 years after Chapman’s death, his company’s automobiles continue to embody...
Even with less than restrained optioning, it’d be a mighty stretch to suggest that the elfin Lotus Elise —all 1,984 pounds of it—could ever be overburdened by creature comforts and aesthetic frippery...
Aston Martin, ever a boutique builder of rapture-inducing sports cars and never a mass-producer of automotive appliances, is being flailed by England’s worst economic downturn since the Great Slump...
No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to overflow any carport, and contains no iPod jacks,...
The Suit Fits The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is what would happen if the BMW 7 Series were built on Savile Row. Forget that only contortionists will be able to sit in the rear quarters for more than...
Hard of Gearing I felt shaken, not stirred, after driving the Aston Martin DBS. The car’s V-12 engine makes it front-heavy and loud. Its center console is busy with buttons and includes a slot for a...
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and estimated $2 million price—is a function of its...
As I short-shift out of the Porsche Curves toward the start-finish straight at Le Mans, I uncork a lifelong fantasy: to drive under the Dunlop Tire bridge—the most famous photo prop in motorsports—...
Early 100 years ago, Charles Rolls, the cofounder and bankroller of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, became the first person to complete a nonstop, round-trip flight across the English Channel. Rolls took...
Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon by Park Ward Though known for its conservatively styled automobiles, British coachbuilder Park Ward thought outside the boxy mold when creating the Rolls-...
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the Triumph brand in an attempt to compete with Jaguar, which had been purchasing engines from Standard...
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand following a decade of confusion and disappointments. What elevates the Jaguar XF ( www.jaguarusa.com...
Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is nothing that any car should be these days. Yet producing three-ton vehicles...
Gently prod the start button and it glows red, then pulses, like a beating heart. Touch it again and the overture becomes a performance as the cushioned explosion of a big V-8 smoothes into a grumble...
This summer, Rolls- Royce Motor Cars will begin production of the Phantom Coupé ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ), a hardtop sibling to the Drophead Coupé. The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged...
The Brooklands, the new high-performance coupe from Bentley, is mechanical eye candy. The vehicle’s namesake is a defunct and dilapidated racing circuit just southwest of London that is decaying at...
The Morgan Motor Co. will ensure the exclusivity of its new aeroMax, essentially a fixed-head version of the aero 8, by building only 100 examples. The last time the family-run, boutique british...
Soft and Dry. A car of far less power, heft, and acceleration than even its own factory mates, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster is nonetheless a remarkable automobile, one that displays classic...
Break from the Routine. Judging from the way that the Drophead Coupé’s teak tonneau cover flips up, its trunk lid does a backward somersault, and the canvas roof folds like a card table, the topless...
The birth of Aston Martin’s expressive and explosive DBS was an interesting, maybe even high-risk, delivery. Well into the production process of the DBS, Ford Motor Co. began trying to shed those...
At various times in the previous century, Rapide —an exotic and evocative word—has denoted a fabric and plywood airliner (in the 1930s), a cycle-fendered roadster (also in the ’30s), and a European...
In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley, founder of the car company that bears his name, determined that driving enthusiasts wanted a more potent version of the standard 3-liter Bentley. Thus were born the...
Nearly a decade has passed since BMW paid £40 million (about $65 million) for the rights to the Rolls-Royce name, a silver hood ornament of a gossamer-clad lady (commonly referred to as Nellie in Her...
With the notable exceptions of hearses and London taxicabs, everything on wheels seems to travel better as an open carriage. Even ordinary, invisible coupes become noticeable when their tops are...
Some see Jaguar’s latest as a lovely luxury grand tourer that is to the British manner born, with all of its breeding and provenance firmly intact. However, several of our judges equated the XKR with...
The complete Lotus motorist is a 5-foot-tall gymnast who wears size 8 driving shoes, sleeps innocently, drinks lightly, eats all his veggies, and is built like a reed. Few if any of our Car of the...
It was a majestic, if meandering, beginning, an elegant yet extended passage. But now, after four years of quietly penetrating our subconscious, the idea of a BMW-built Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to...

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