The rise and the popularity of the British sports cars really took off after World War 2 when the British cars were truly competitive on the racing tracks with all the other European models, like Bugatti, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeo. The rise, however, was not done by accident or only after 1945. The rise of the British sports industry should give credit to car manufacturers in the 1920’s and the 1930’s when sports cars were made excellent but were still sold for a reasonable price.
In the 1950’s when racing became worldwide popular, the British automobile companies were a big success in the racing world. Even today, six of ten brands competing in the most popular racing tournament in the world, the Formula 1, are based in the UK. Over the years in Formula 1 British sports cars were also a big success. McLaren, Williams, and Lotus dominated the track for decades in the second half of the 20th century.
Formula 1 is not the only racing competition in which the British dominated. Almost every competition in which automobiles were included couldn’t go by without a British car on the podium. The reason is directly connected to the past in which Great Britain zealously invested in, and developed their car industry. When we say past, we actually mean the 1920’s and the 1930’s when all begun.
Alvis Car And Engineering Company
Alvis was a British company founded in 1919 that immediately started manufacturing sports cars, but also army vehicles, airplanes and other. The company defunct in 1967 but is one of the main reasons for the rise of the racing globally. Their sports cars were affordable but also made with a high quality which led to wide interest not only among people that had a lot of money. It became available for the common people. This led to an amazing interest for the race competitions.
Riley Cycle Company
The Riley company was founded in late 1890 as a company that produced bikes. The company started producing cars too before the end of the 19th century, a time when Britain was crazy for bicycles and the company’s revenue was mostly filled by this industry. However, soon, the love for motors and cars raised to the surface and the company started manufacturing sports cars. Their main success was in the 1920’s, and the company was officially sold and ended functioning in the 1960’s.
After World War 2 Industry Rise
The USA plays a major role in the rise of the British sports car industry. After the war, Britain had to repay their debts that exhausted the country and everyone worked harder to produce and export as much as they can. Same was happening in the car industry. There was an enormously high demand for racing cars from the USA and British car companies had no trouble in selling their products. The only problem was how to make more. That’s how many companies working overtime produced amazing models with excellent performances. The 1950’s and 1960’s is the golden age of British car industry. Companies like MG, Jaguar, Sunbeam, Austin-Healey, Triumph, and others had great success both as manufacturing companies and as sports car brands.
Globalization took its price for the British cars in general after the 1970’s. Racing became globally attractive and a lot of money poured into the sport. Worldwide brands became interested and started producing racing engines and cars. The lands from the far east raised very fast, the always competitive French and Italian brands were always on the top and the German marques recovered from the war completely until the 1980’s. The American interest in British racing was overgrown and they immediately started creating models on their own that were strong and powerful.
Today, some other companies carry the torch, and the British cars are there to compete for the first place. Williams and McLaren are still in the game, but also Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, MG, and others. These well-known brands produce good quality car accessories and sell worldwide. It seems like the love of the British for the racing sport and manufacturing sports cars will never die and they’ll always be on top.