What Are Some British Car Manufacturers?

There are several British car manufacturers, many of which are race or luxury cars with well-known brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini and Rolls Royce. Other British car manufacturers include Arash, Ariel, Ascari, BAC, Bristol, Brooke, Caparo, Caterham, Connaught, Eterniti, Ginetta, Grinnall, Invicta, Lotus, Marcos, McLaren, MG, MK, Morgan, Noble, Prodrive, Trident, Triking, Ultima, Vauxhall and Westfield.

Only three British car manufacturing companies are British-owned, including Morgan Motor Company LTD, Caterham Cars LTD and McLaren Automotive. Several car companies manufacture their vehicles in Britain, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Mini. Of the nation's premier luxury brands, many began in the early to mid 1900s. Examples include Jaguar, which was started in 1922, Land Rover in 1948, Lotus in 1952, Aston Martin in 1913, Bentley in 1919 and Rolls Royce in 1906.

Britain has a long list of defunct brands, including Alvis, Argyll, Armstrong Siddeley, Austin, Austin-Healey, Bond, Crossley, Daimler, DeLorean, Dutton, Gordon-Keeble, Hillman, Humber, Jensen, Jowett, Lagonda, Lanchester, Lea-Francis, Morris, Napier, Reliant, Riley, Rover, Singer, Standard, Sunbeam, Talbot, Triumph, Turner, Vanden Plas, Vulcan and Wolseley. There are also several transitional brands, which are not currently manufacturing vehicles, including AC, GTM, Lister and TVR. The nation's first car brand, Rickett, produced a steam-powered car in 1860, launching the creation of 381 car manufacturers in Britain since 1858, of which only 40 are currently still in production.