Happy New Year!
Here is our now traditional look forward to which notable car anniversaries we will celebrate in the coming year!
Some really interesting cars celebrating significant anniversaries this year!
I’ve tried not to make it all cars I love and spread the appreciation round a bit but some of the models celebrating 60th & 70th birthdays this year are ‘right up my street’ (links at the end of the article)
The 100th Anniversary of MG Sportscars
There has been some confusion over when the Anniversary should be but it is now generally agreed that the famous octagon and the birth of MG Sportscars was 1923 – you can read an interesting article on the anniversary by clicking ‘HERE’
The 65th Anniversary of the Austin A40 Farina
2023 also celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the Austin A40 Farina, the classic small family car presented at the London Motor Show in 1958 and designed by Pininfarina of Italy. A year later Austin introduced the A40 Countryman that featured the then revolutionary ‘hatchback’
The 65th Anniversary of the Austin Healey Sprite
2023 celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the Austin Healey Sprite. BMC announced the launch of this distinctive sports car to the press in 1958 in Monte Carlo, just before the Monaco Grand Prix. The Austin Healey Sprite Mk1 was a compact economic 2 seat sports car which was often referred to as the ‘Frog Eye’ or ‘Bug Eye’ Sprite’.”
The 75th Anniversary of the Morris Minor
Morris Minor celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the first model was unveiled at the London Earls Court Motor Show in September 1948. The Morris Minor symbolised Britain’s emergence from the 1940’s austerity and reportedly over 1.3 million were manufactured in the UK alone’ Morris Minors were manufactured between 1948 and 1971. The distinctive wood framed ‘Traveller’ was introduced in 1953.
The 50th Anniversary of the Austin Allegro
The Austin Allegro is a small family car that was manufactured by the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland from 1973 until 1982. The same vehicle was built in Italy by Innocenti between 1974 and 1975 and sold as the Innocenti Regent. The Allegro was designed as a replacement for the Austin 1100 and 1300 models. In total, 642,350 Austin Allegros were produced during its ten-year production life, most of which were sold on the home market, less than a third of 2.1 million 1100s and 1300s sold in the previous 11 years.
(You can click on the car names to see articles on their history)
Launched in 1953 (70 years old)
- Austin-Healey 100
- Chevrolet Corvette (C1)
- Ford Anglia
- MG Magnette
- Riley Pathfinder
- Sunbeam Alpine
- Triumph TR2
Launched in 1963 (60 years old)
- Aston Martin DB5
- Bond Equipe
- Hillman Imp
- Humber Sceptre
- Jaguar S-Type (1963)
- Lancia Fulvia
- Mercedes-Benz W113
- Triumph 2000
- Vauxhall Viva
Launched in 1973 (50 years old)
Launched in 1983 (40 years old)
Launched in 1993 (30 years old)
Launched in 2003 (20 years old)
If you have any more anniversaries of note you’d like us to cover, get in touch!
Maybe you own one of the classics enjoying an anniversary this year and would like to contribute a short article about it? Again, get in touch!