Journal: The Golden Age of the British Sports Car Captured on Film

The Golden Age of the British Sports Car Captured on Film

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 18, 2013
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Though nearly extinct today, the British open-top sports car was once king of the enthusiast motoring landscape. Conceived as stylish, affordable, and informal transportation for a newly-emerging postwar middle class, the era of the classic English roadster has deeply ingrained itself in the Petrolista consciousness like few other niches or subgenres of fun-machines have. MG’s, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys were the heavy-hitters of the time, and each one is explored in a fascinating, detailed, yet light-hearted and entertaining way in the BBC documentary “The Golden Age of the British Sports Car”, presented here in its entirety for your viewing pleasure.

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Marc Lawrence
Marc Lawrence

That was fabulous fun. Tip o me hat to you chaps. 🙂 – Thanks for that. I learned more from that than 50 years of reading sports car mags.

Brompty
Brompty

This is a cracking programme. I especially like the older couple that talk with genune affection for the cars they owned and what the cars represented to them.

Baskingshark
Baskingshark

Happily, 699DON, the Austin-Healey in the documentary is still on the road today. The following from the DVLA database:

Date of Liability 01 12 2013
Date of First Registration 09 06 1961
Year of Manufacture 1961
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 2912cc
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type PETROL
Export Marker N
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour RED
Vehicle Type Approval Not Available

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I think Morgan, Caterham and Lotus and Jaguar with the new F Type would beg to differ that the British sport is nearly extinct?