UK Car Maker

The late Sir Frederick Royston, a pioneer in the business of importing British cars to the United States, was normally the most affable of gents. But there was one thing that would send him around...
By that same quirk of time that seems to improve spaghetti sauce and lost love, an initially competent automobile is typically much better the second time around. Such is the case with the new Jaguar...
The McLaren F1 became an instant classic when it rolled onto the automotive scene in 1994. All of the 64 production road cars that were built quickly sold, except for one, which had been parked in...
Morgan, the oldest family-owned carmaker in the world (founded in 1910 by the grandfather of present owner Charles Morgan), enters the 21st century offering its state-of-the-art Aero 8. Such...
Improvements to the Jaguar XJR are so impressive that they should have made this car a serious contender. Sadly, the modifications for 2004 are not readily apparent, and so the car stands as a...
When BMW assumed ownership of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, many loyalists despaired that the heritage-laden British marque would soon sprechen Deutsch. The Bavarian firm has taken pains, however, to...
On the roads of Gaydon, England, prototypes of the Aston Martin AM V8 Vantage motor around town, undergoing various tests to eliminate every existing kink. Company insiders call the stealthy two-seat...
Ford and Jaguar continued to misfire on most cylinders last year. Ford posted losses of $1 billion, leading some Wall Street undertakers to suggest that this 100-year-old company that practically...
The pressure was on Michael Parchment earlier this summer. More than 500 prospective Bentley Continental GT owners were counting on him and his knowledge of the Bentley marque and its new coupe...
This month’s cover car, the elegantly buxom Bentley Continental GT, may be the British company’s most intriguing product change since it stopped bolting superchargers to the outside of its cars...
The new $300,000 Phantom as well as Allen Swift’s 1928 Springfield Phantom I, which he received as a 26th-birthday gift in 1929, and Nic Moller’s Silver Ghost Landaulette, which was delivered new to...
When retooling the 2003 Jaguar XKR, Ford’s Premier Automotive Group knew enough to leave the Quick Change flawless exterior virtually untouched. Jaguar’s improvements were made where they were needed...
The new Phantom is the most controversial and anticipated Rolls-Royce ever introduced, and it is easy to understand why. The reputation of new owner BMW and its precious acquisition—the brand name...
During the overly harsh New England winter, we discovered that on those frigid but sunny days the cabin of the $62,400 Jaguar S-Type R was one of the coziest and most comfortable places around. With...
No car reflects the culture of its country of origin more than the British-built Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, the little brother to the mighty Vanquish. The shape is Newport Pagnell at its purest and...
In all walks of life, certain name pairings guarantee results that transcend the ordinary. Think Astaire and Rogers, Hope and Crosby, Lennon and McCartney, Montana and Rice, and—for auto enthusiasts—...
The presence of any Rolls-Royce is its past, for the marque’s provenance is a rich one. It has been in existence for more than a century, its cars owned by members of Wall Street’s old money and...
Automotive archives are littered with immortal initials. Everyone from Mercedes in the 1920s to Jaguar in the ’30s to Crosley in the ’50s to Chevrolet and—if you will pardon the mention—Excalibur in...
The royals are different from you and me, particularly when it comes to their cars. Such is certainly the case with Elizabeth, queen of England, and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who trade...
Like many owners of this car, Frank Eimont didn’t take a test-drive before purchasing it. In fact, he had not even seen one of these models in person; he had only read about it in auto magazines and...
In 1995, when John McLaren finished writing his first novel, Press Send, the former diplomat celebrated the occasion by placing his manuscript on the passenger seat of his Jaguar E-Type and heading...
Jaguar’s S-Type hasn’t exactly crumbled the competition, nor has it become lodged among our longings. To be fair, since its 1999 introduction this more-or-less midsize sedan, with a ready-made...
Lines and Redlines If only for its dramatic lines and exquisite proportions, any coupe or convertible in the Jaguar XK lineup would be the pick of the British carmaker’s litter. While today’s XK...
The patriarch is moving out, community assets have been divided, and it is all over but the garage sale as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Bentley Motors end their 71-year marriage. After a three-year...
One of the more poignant moments in American cinema occurs in the 1987 classic Tin Men, when aluminum siding salesman Danny DeVito tells his wife, Barbara Hershey, about the importance of driving a...
Few tears fell in anyone’s gin when Bentley discontinued its Azure convertible in 2003. No obituary appeared in the Times of London. No questions were raised in the Commons. It even seemed the...
It is the car that has won back the heart of steely superspy James Bond, but can the newest in the Aston Martin lineup take on the likes of the Ferrari 550 Maranello or the new Lamborghini Murciélago...

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