Car Anniversaries in 2024

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!

As usual I’ve tried not to make it all cars I love and spread the appreciation round a bit but there are some favourites in there 🙂
We’ve also added in a little list of members vehicles celebrating an anniversary this year (why I’ve never thought of that before is a real mystery…)

 

The 100th Anniversary of The Mercedes 15/70/100 PS

The Mercedes 15/70/100 PS was a large automobile introduced by Daimler in 1924. Production continued till 1929 by which time Daimler had merged with Benz & Cie (effective 1926) as a result of which the car’s name had changed to the slightly snappier Mercedes-Benz Type 400.  A defining feature of the car was the switchable supercharger (”Kompressor”) fitted to the engine.

 

The 65th Anniversary of the Jaguar Mk 2

The Jaguar Mark 2 is a mid-sized luxury sports saloon built from late 1959 to 1967 by Jaguar in Coventry, England.  The Mark 2 was a fast and capable saloon in line with Sir William Lyons’ 1950s advertising slogan: Grace . . . Space . . . Pace, available with all three versions of the advanced Jaguar XK engine, the 2.4, 3.4, and 3.8 litre. Production of the 3.8 ended in the autumn of 1967.

 

The 60th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang (First Generation)

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobiles known as pony cars.
The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of competition.

 

The 40th Anniversary of the Toyota MR2 (Mk1)

The Toyota MR2 is a line of two-seater, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, manufactured in Japan and marketed globally by Toyota from 1984 until 2007 over three generations.

It is Japan’s first rear mid-engined production car.

The Mk1 W10 (1984–1989) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year,

The Mk2 W20 (1989–1999) celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

The Mk3 W30 (1999–2007) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

There is a rumoured launch of a reimagined MR2 for the electric era slated of later this year.

 

 

The 20th Anniversary of the Aston Martin DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 is a grand tourer produced by Aston Martin. Available both in coupé and a convertible bodystyles, the latter being known as the Volante, the DB9 was the successor to the DB7. Aston Martin unveiled the coupe at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the Volante subsequently following in 2004.   The DB9 represented the first model built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility.

Members Vehicles celebrating an anniversary in 2024

We’ve always said that our club is proud to unite enthusiasts of all eras of vehicles and this list emphasises this better than I ever could:

Celebrating a centenary of motoring is John Hopes gorgeous 1924 Humber 11.4hp All Weather Model100 not out!  Looking forward to seeing it grace some shows during this important milestone in its life.
Not so far behind is Kevin Parkin’s lovely 1934 Austin Seven Ruby still going strong at 90 years old.

Three vehicles celebrating their 70th birthdays this year are Paul Conway’s 1954 Chesil 356 SpeedsterMalcolm Rodgers 1954 Rover 90 P4 & John Robertson’s 1954 Hillman California – Three fine examples of their respective models.

Kevin Dewhurst’s show winning 1964 Triumph Herald Coupe celebrates its 60th looking as good as it did the day it left the production line (if not better)

Celebrating their 50th’s are a fine pair of 1974 Triumph TR6’s owned by John Horsburgh & John Mullarkey which always attract a great amount of attention and even a trophy when they arrive at a show.

Reaching the important milestone of 40 years for a classic car, we have the duo of David Jaffery’s 1984 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign and Gordon MacArthur’s 1984 Reliant Scimitar GTC – Welcome to the world of no VED!

Celebrating a relatively youthful 30 years on the road are the trio of Kenneth Ford’s 1994 Landrover Defender 90 300Tdi, David Ramage’s 1994 Porsche 968 CS Sport & Alan Rudd’s 1994 Pontiac Firebird T-Top V6 3.4 – Three fabulously diverse examples of 90’s motoring!

Now for an anniversary car celebrating its own anniversary – Chris McCallion’s 2004 MGTF (80th Anniversary) which was released to celebrate the 80th anniversary of MG Motors and is now celebrating its own 20th anniversary.  That makes 100 years and I think that’s where we started!  Ken Lees also boasts a 2004 MGTF celebrating its 20th this year.  Does it get its own keys to the garage next year Ken?

Celebrating a youthful decade of motoring are Arnold Van de Brug’s 2014 Jeep 2.8l & Lloyd Anslow’s 2014 McLaren MP4-12C – Compare and contrast the reputed 592bhp it develops with the 11.4hp of the Humber produced 90 years earlier.

Other ‘Cariversaries’
(You can click on the car names to see articles on their history)

Launched in 1954 (70 years old)

Launched in 1964 (60 years old)

Launched in 1974 (50 years old)

Launched in 1984 (40 years old)

Launched in 1994 (30 years old)

Launched in 2004 (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!

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