British Cars : Lotus

Lotus make exciting cars; small. light and fast. I recently added a Lotus Seven to my collection, this was in some respects the original “track car”, designed to be light, fast and fun. The rights for the Seven were sold to Caterham in the early seventies, who continue to make the car. My 1:43 scale…

Lotus Exige

It has been a month for red vehicles so far, four of the five I have bought have been red. Today, I bought this Lotus Exige S by Kinsmart the scale is 1:32. The cost 7 lari, as I hadn’t seen it in any 5 lari selections, it is an attractive casting. In the background the…

Ford (British and European)

…but Ford is American! Ford is multinational, founded by Henry Ford in Detroit at the beginning of the 20th Century.  Today, Fords are produced all over the World. The first car I travelled in was my father’s Ford Anglia Estate, which he had when I was born. My father liked Fords and owned three Anglias,…

British Cars: Jaguar

My dad’s dream car was a Jaguar Mark X, one year for his birthday my mum, as a joke, gave him a Corgi Mark X. I wonder if my increased interest in collecting diecasts is connected with my father passing away in 2011. I would love to find a Corgi Mark X. Another Jaguar connected…

British Cars: Land Rover

The Land Rover in all its guises (pick-up, breakdown, RAC, RAF, Chipperfield’s Circus) with total sales of over 10 million, far outsold every other Corgi model even the James Bond Aston Martin. Land Rover is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep)  launched in 1948 by Rover. The Land Rover had…

British Cars: Sports Cars

British Sports Cars have always had a reputation for speed and fun, if not for reliability. I have already looked at Aston Martin and Lotus. Here are some more British Sports Cars: Left to Right: TVR Tuscan S (Matchbox), Sunbeam Alpine (TicToc), Triumph TR6 (Hot Wheels), DeLorean DMC 12 (Hot Wheels) and Morgan (Majorette). My…

British Cars: Austin & Morris

Mini wasn’t originally a marque in its own right but a model both of Austin and Morris (BMC), launched in 1959 as the Austin Seven and the Morris Mini Minor from a design by Sir Alec Issigonis, a refugee from Izmir in Turkey. Both Matchbox and Hot Wheels have recently cast a sixties Austin Mini…

British Cars: Lotus and Aston Martin

So Mr Bond, which car will you be wanting tomorrow, the Aston or the Lotus? Two iconic British brands, Aston Martin and Lotus. There were rumours last year that Aston Martin and Lotus may be exploring a cooperative agreement or merger.  The two companies might pool their engineering, purchasing and production resources to reduce costs. A…