British Sports Cars found in
North America



 
The true British Sports car was first introduced in the early part of the 20th century. For the time being this site is going to be interested in only the MG, Triumph and Austin. These were the first low priced sports cars to arrive 
on the shores of North America. 
In 1928 Lord Nuffield, with the help of his managing director Cecil Kimbeirst, built the MG marquee to become well known as the "everyday man's sports car". On June 19th, 1936 the MG Car Company announced to the world its T-type. It was the first of a new series of MG's that would last into the 1950's.
The The Austin Motor Company was  founded in 1905, merged in 1952 with the Nuffield Organization (parent company of Morris MG or Morris Garage) into the British Motor Corporation Ltd. charge. Austin was the dominant partner and its engines were adopted for most of the cars.
Also in 1952, Austin made a deal with Donald Healey, the renowned automotive engineer. It led to a new marquee, Austin-Healey, and a range of sports cars. BMC was well underway to service the North American's hugh appetite 
for these small, well handling and fairly fast for the day cars.
That left The Triumph Motor Company to be the third model to hit these shores. To be sure there were other like the Jaguar and Aston Martin but they weren't cars for the everyday man or women.
The Triumph Motor Company started life as a bicycle manufacture in Coventry England in 1897 and in 1902 it began producing Triumph motor cycles and operating as The Triumph Cycle Company.
In the 1930's the name was changed to The Triumph Motor Company.
In 1939, the Triumph Motor Company went into receivership and the factory, equipment was offered for sale. It was purchased but never got into production. It was completely destroyed by bombing during 1940.
In 1944 The Standard Motor Company bought what was left of The Triumph Motor Company. 
In 1946 a new range of Triumphs starting when the Triumph Roadster was announced. Because of steel shortages these were bodied with aluminum which was plentiful because of its use for aircraft production. 
During the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars and the Standard name for saloons and during 1953 the Triumph TR2 was initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.
Now we have our three main players in the North American market and the public was delighted.
WWII was over and there was money to spend and good times to be had.
What you are going to see below is some of these early sports cars as well as some that were the last cars produced by there three auto makers.
It is my hope that you all enjoy your visit.
If I can be any help to you please feel free to email me  but please keep in mind that I am no expert on these cars.
You may also want to visit my site on old car and truck pictures. Most all the North American models from the very early days to around 1975 are covered on this site.

 John's Old Car 
and Truck Pictures


 

The first series of cars shown here were submitted by Paul Black,
Tampa FL. Paul found them at  Davis Island's Auto Fest April 9, 2011
at the Peter O. Knight airport located just south of downtown Tampa.


Please note: The pictures used on my sites came from many sources including news groups, personal submission and pictures I took. On this page many came from eBay.com
A lot of these cars are offered for sale and can be found at eBay Motors one of the better sites to get a good deal on a used car of any make or year. So don't be surprised if you see your own car on these pages.

Use these links to view the cars from each of the three manufactures shown


MG
Triumph
Austin



 
 

1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 
1937 MGVA 

 
 
Rear Seats of the 1946 Triumph 1800
1946 Triumph 1800
1946 Triumph 1800
1959 Triumph TR3
1959 Triumph TR3
1959 Triumph TR3
1959 Triumph TR3
1959 Triumph TR3A
1959 Triumph TR3A rear view
1959 Triumph TR3A
Triumph Spitfire
1974 MG Midget
1974 MG Midget
Lotus
Lotus
A much newer Lotus
 
Lotus
Lotus
Lotus
Lotus
Lotus 3500 TVR
1968 Trimuph TR 250
Jaguar
Jaguar
Jaguar
 
1968 Triumph TR250
1968 Triumph TR250
Triumph TR6
Triumph TR6
1966 Austin Panel Van Mail Truck
1966 Austin Panel Van Mail Truck
1970 Morris Minor 1000
1970 Morris Minor 1000
1977 Mini Rover
Austin Mini Pickup
Little Austin
1980 Mimi Cooper
This car was seen at the show and shine in Dartmouth, NS, Sept11. 2011
1981 Triumph TR8

The next pages feature MG's, Triumph and Austin's
Please click on the buttons below to view those cars


MG
Triumph 
Austin

 
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View the rebuilding of this car from the bullet holes to the trophy winning
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 Have a look and see how a 
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1937 Chrysler Convertible
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1925 British Humber 8/18 Chummy
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Once you saw one you would never forget it
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If you remember it, could you
ever forget it ?
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A Picture Tour of the Nash and Hudson
The Nash, Hudson and
American Motors Cars
The Hudson, Essex, and Terraplanes
that were found in Australia
Anthony Hazelaar's Model T 
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The Henry J
The Stanley Steamer
The cars of IKA Argentina 
Kaiser's Jeeps and American Motors that were built in Argentina in the 1950's and 60's and 70's
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The Amphicar
Eric Gordon's Kaiser Rebuild
There are many pictures showing the
details of this rebuild
All you Kaiser lovers would like to have one of these. Watch it being made.
Eric Gordon's 1954 Kaiser
Convertible Convertion
"Coming Home"
The story of Eric Gordon finding and bringing his Kaiser Convertible Home after searching for it for 20 years
Eric Gordon's First Kaiser
A 1951 Deluxe which comes to
a startling end
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WW II Jeeps
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Auto Artwork 
That Cute Little Crosley
The Chevrolet Club of Norway
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If you can't find it anywhere else, try here
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Another fun page involving a Jeep
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The Covered Bridges that once dotted Nova Scotia.
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