The Golden Age of the British Sports Car

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“It was a very glamorous era. They were beautiful cars…”

Broadcast by the BBC in 2012, showcasing some superb cars via period and modern footage, this is a brilliant programme. Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy. Well done to all those involved in this episode.

Timeshift sets its rear view mirror to look back at the golden age of the British sports car. It’s the story of how – in the grey austerity of the post-war years – iconic marques like Jaguar, Austin-Healey, MG and Triumph sparked a manufacturing frenzy that helped to democratise speed and glamour.

From the MG Midget, much loved by American GIs, through to the more affordable Austin Healey ‘frog-eye’ Sprite, and the E-Type Jaguar, seen by many as the ultimate sports car, this is a tale of how, for a brief time, Britain was home to two-seater heaven.

Narrated by Tamsin Greig and featuring contributions from Stirling Moss and Quentin Willson.

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