Classic Makes

Aston Martin

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Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford at Aston Hill, Oxfordshire, Aston Martin has established an enviable reputation for producing high-qual...

Audi

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The Audi car company was founded in 1909 by August Horch. Horch was prevented from using his own name for the new company so used the Latin translation of...

Bentley

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When Walter Owen Bentley produced his first motorcars in 1919, the Bentley legend began. By the mid-1920s the company had established an enviable reputati...

BMW

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German car giant BMW first made its name as a producer of aeroplane engines and motorcycles. Ironically its first car was the Dixi, a license-built Austin...

Buick

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Buick was founded in 1903 and has had a long-standing claim on the hearts of American car owners, holding the upper middle-class ground of high-quality yet...

Cadillac

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Cadillac is without doubt one of Americas favourite cars, even if it is out of reach for most US citizens. Cadillac started building its luxury cars way ba...

Chevrolet

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Apart from being one of the founder members of the General Motors group, Chevrolet has become an American legend - as American as Stars and Stripes and app...

Chrysler

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By the 1970's integration throughout the motor industry had led two more European companies to merge, Simca and former Rootes Group from Britain, forming C...

Dodge

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John and Horace Dodge owned a machine engineering plant that made motorcycles and gearboxes for Ford and Oldsmobile.  In 1913, they started building a car...

Ferrari

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Ferrari is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers...

Fiat

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Fiat has long been one of Italy's largest industrial companies, and not just in vehicle manufacturing. Fiat was founded back in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli a...

Ford

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Henry Ford extended his activities in 1934 by entering the French market.  He entered into co-operation with Emile Mathis who had built small cars in Stras...

Jaguar

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Founded by William Lyons during the 1920s as the Swallow Sidecar Company, Jaguar Cars can trace its heritage back to the golden age of motoring. Early Swa...

Jeep

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Willys-Overland is generally acknowledged as being the inventor of the Jeep.  The make Jeep-Eagle, which these days is part of Chrysler, will not deny this...

Lamborghini

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Ferruccio Lamborghini was already a successful businessman when, in 1963, he decided to found a car company, named after himself. He chose Sant'Agata Bolog...

Land Rover

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In 1947, when everyone was still recovering from a ghastly war, one British company was feeling rather brave. Rover decided that the world needed a 4x4 car...

Lincoln

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For many years Lincoln has been battling against its arch General Motors rival, Cadillac. Lincoln, like Cadillac, has always been viewed as the top Americ...

Maserati

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Maserati, another of Italy's famous marques, formed originally for motorsport. The brand can trace its heritage back to the 1930s when it was founded by fi...

Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz can trace its heritage back to the dawn of motoring when Daimler-Benz produced the world's first internal combustion engine in 1885. The name...

MG

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MG Cars was a British sports car manufacturer founded in 1923.  The company is best known for their two-seater, open sports cars, as well as a variety of s...