his series about the Cars of the Stars is based on my love of great historical cars. I will, in the future, write about the cars of the stars, but with this first entry, I’ll start with my top ten favourite cars of all time:-
1. Austen Healey 1000 designed by Donald Healey. This was a boy racer’s dream come true.
2. 1948 Morris Minor 1000 ‘Low Light’ saloon or cabriolet designed by Alex Issigonis, the man responsible for the mini. This car remained in production until about 1969.
3. 1936 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Vanden Plas Tourer with cut-away doors, swept wings and part running boards. This beauty is a descendant of the 1935 Le Mans winner powered by the same Meadows engine of 4 ½ litre.
4. Aston Martin DB5 saloon or cabriolet, made famous in a shed load of films just one from the line- up of David Brown backed cars.
5. 1978 Jaguar XJS saloon. A sleek, good looking car. Suffered mechanical problems at first but on a good day, a great touring car. I see one I want to stroke it.
6. 1967 Alvis TC104 Graber Drophead. This 3 litre led to the development of the TC,TD and TE21 in saloon and drophead, which Graber of Holland styled.
7. 1948 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster. Initially intended as a concept car, Jaguar cars were encouraged to put it into production as a result of its race winning sister, the C-Type.
8. 1935 Morgan 4.4 Flat Rad Roadster and Drop Head, by Tickford. Built in the traditional way – an Ash frame skinned with aluminium, these are are still hand built in Malvern today in the same factory.
9. 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Roadster. The series one was the rarer production version of this race-winning beauty.
10. 1948 Land Rover Series One. Described as a car, it was the vehicle which was part of the export drive after World War Two. The idea came from the Willis Jeep.
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