British Car Brands

British Car Brands

The British automobile industry dates back to the 19th century. By the early 1950s, this country was already considered the second largest producer of transportation in the world, second only to the USA. It exported a large number of cars abroad, but this slowed down the pace of the industry’s development, while other states actively increased it after a few decades.

What are British automobile brands?

This is a separate category of automobile brands presented on the world market. They are owned by companies registered in the UK, although recently, they have been bought up by foreign automakers. British brands are Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Landrover, Jaguar, Aston Martin, and many others (but some of them already have foreign owners).

As a result, the UK car industry was far behind and by 2008 was only 12th in international sales. Since the 1990s, the vast majority of British car brands have been bought by foreign companies. For example, Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, Bentley by Volkswagen, Land Rover, and Jaguar by Tata. Foreigners also own the rights to inactive brands.

Ultra-luxury Car Brands

Ultra-luxury cars are in high demand in the cooler latitudes of the UK as they give a feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence. And who, if not the prim English, would want to combine technology with luxury? After all, in this, they have succeeded. Take, for example, the famous Bentley and Rolls-Royce – this is perfection itself, encased in metal armor. A real exclusive!


Bentley Logo

About: Bentley Logo

The brand appeared in 1919 and went through a difficult formation process despite being in the luxury segment of the automobile market. The company focused on sports cars. Not without reason, all the famous models of racing cars are considered “descendants” of Speed Six and 4½ Liter produced by Bentley. Currently, the brand belongs to the Volkswagen concern.


Rolls Royce Logo

About: Rolls-Royce Logo

It is a British luxury passenger car manufacturer wholly owned by the German company BMW. Previously, Rolls-Royce was associated with Bentley. They belonged to the same concern but then ended up with different buyers, retaining emblems and other signs of visual identification.


Lagonda Logo

The Lagonda automaker came into existence in 1906, and 12 months later, it introduced its first car. And it became an instant winner, winning the 1910 Moscow-St. Petersburg race. This success caused an unprecedented demand for cars in Russia. The boom did not subside until 1914.

Luxury Car Brands

Luxury cars are especially valued in England, as luxury is not a way of life but super comfort. This idea was embodied by engineers in the luxury passenger cars Land Rover, Mini, and Jaguar, which represent this class.


Land Rover Logo

About: Landrover Logo

The brand originated in 1948 as a division of Jaguar Land Rover and is currently owned by India’s Tata Motors. It produces SUVs, specialty cars, and four-wheel drive vehicles. The manufacturer was awarded a Royal Warrant by King George VI in 1951 and in 2001. – Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


Jaguar Logo

About: Jaguar Logo

This company has undergone a major transformation that has been reflected in the range of products it produces. It originated as a Swallow Sidecar and specialized in the production of sidecars and car bodies. The company then became known as Jaguar Cars, switching to the production of passenger cars. On Tata Motors’ initiative, it was renamed Jaguar Land Rover Limited (in January 2013). All this strengthened its position, and the brand’s products were repeatedly awarded the highest royal honors by Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.


Mini Logo

About: Mini Logo

Starting as a series of cars from the Rover Group, the brand developed into an independent company, and the name of the line became its official name. Since 1994, the company has been owned by BMW of Germany and has been producing miniature luxury cars.

Sports Car Brands

The production of sports cars is the most numerous section of the British industry because the British love luxury and speed. And they manage to combine all this successfully. A vivid example is – the cars of brands McLaren, Aston Martin, Lister, Arash, and many others.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Logo

About: Aston Martin Logo

The iconic British sports car brand was founded in 1913. In 1947, it changed ownership and became associated with the legendary James Bond, as its DB5 model appeared in one of the episodes of the superhero epic. Today, Aston Martin cars are a symbol of British culture and one of the fastest cars in the world.


McLaren Logo

About: McLaren Logo

This British automaker specializes only in sports cars, as its founder is Formula One racer Bruce McLaren. Today, the automaker has industrial sites and its own technology center, developing and testing its vehicles. Currently, the company’s lineup is divided into three main categories: Ultimate, Super and Sports.


Lotus Logo

About: Lotus Logo

The cars of this brand have won seven times in Formula 1 – so light and maneuverable are they. After the death of founder Colin Chapman, the company changed hands several times until it ended up with the Chinese corporation Geely, which deals with cars.


Morgan Logo

Morgan has a very long history, starting in 1910. As of 2019, it is owned by Italians, the Investindustrial investment group. The factory assembles racing and rally cars by hand, producing about 850 units per year. Therefore, there is always a long waiting list for these cars. The waiting list can stretch from several months to several years. And the brand also has its own zest – there are always elements of wood in the body.


Noble Logo

The British sports car manufacturer is a private company with a small number of employees. It was founded in 1999 in Leeds and is now based in Leicester.


Arash Logo

About: Arash Logo

The founder of the privately owned company is Arash Farboud. It was initially called Farboud Limited but was later renamed after the founder. The company began developing its first sports car, the Farboud GT, in 1999 and unveiled it in 2001.


Ascari Logo

The company was founded in 1995 and ceased to exist in 2010. It is named after Alberto Ascari, the first two-time winner of the World Drivers Championship.


TVR Logo

British sports car manufacturer founded in 1946 as TVR Motors Company Limited. The base market for car deliveries is Europe. They are mainly lightweight sports cars with powerful engines (coupes and convertibles).


Ginetta Logo

A privately owned company producing sports and racing cars. It was founded in 1958 by four Walklett brothers in Garforth, West Yorkshire.


Lister Logo

Launched in 1954, this car brand is known for its original Lister-Bristol and Lister Storm sports cars. The company was founded by racing driver Brian Lister.


Zenos Logo

The young automaker is focused on producing just one model, the Zenos E10, in three variants. It develops, assembles, and sells them, having been in business since 2012.


AC Logo

This is a privately owned automobile manufacturer founded in 1901. Due to lack of funds, it has repeatedly changed owners, disappeared, and revived under different names. The company is currently headquartered in Thames Ditton, Surrey County, UK.


Atalanta Logo

The car brand, which came into existence in 2011, is nothing but a relaunch of the 1930s company of the same name. It ceased production of passenger cars during World War II, producing only 21 units.


BAC Logo

The full name of this sports car manufacturer is Briggs Automotive Company. It is based in Liverpool and was founded by brothers Neil and Ian Briggs. The first car appeared two years later under the name Mono.


Suffolk Logo

The firm is located near the town of Woodbridge. It was engaged in the production of copies of retro models of Jaguar. The company is currently closed due to a lawsuit by Jaguar Land Rover, which owes £850k.


Ronart Logo

Designer and manufacturer of unique race cars produced in limited numbers to order. His arsenal ranges from sports cars for tracks to fast cars for road driving. The brand was founded in 1984.


Ultima Logo

Hinckley-based British brand Ultima Sports Ltd produces the Ultima GTR, a lightweight sports car in the form of a two-door coupe. It offers it both as a complete package and assembled to order.

Gardner Douglas

Gardner Douglas Logo

This is a subcompact sports car brand based in Grantham, England. It produces replicas of the Lola T70 and AC Cobra models.


Brooke Logo

Brooke Kensington is a car manufacturer to which it acquired the rights in 2002. The company is headquartered in Devon.


Marlin Logo

The company was founded by Paul Moorhouse, who first produced cars for personal use and then put them into mass production. The first sales took place in 1979.


The British are romantic and like to ride with the wind, so roadsters are in great demand. Many companies produce two-seater cars with a retractable roof. Among them are Caterham, MEV, Elva.


Elemental Logo

This company was opened specifically for the development and production of the RP1 sports car. It is located in Hambledon (UK) and is part of the namesake structure of Elemental Group Ltd.


Caparo Logo

Caparo Vehicle Technologies was founded as Freestream and was a specialized automotive development company. The company produced its own sports car called the T1 and was liquidated in 2019.


Caterham Logo

About: Caterham logo

The brand came into existence in 1973 based on the Caterham Seven (or 7) sports car. The company is headquartered in Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom.


Westfield Logo

A British company founded in 1982, it produces both factory and customized roadsters. It specializes in Lotus Seven cars.


Elva Logo

The name of this car brand comes from the French phrase “Elle va,” which means “she drives.” The company’s lineup includes two-seat sports and racing cars.


MEV Logo

The brand’s abbreviation is formed from the name of the company Mills Extreme Vehicles, located in Mansfield (UK). The company was founded in 2003 and produces Replicar and Exocet cars.


MK Logo

At first, this manufacturer made suspensions and parts for Locost chassis and then created its own roadster (in 2000). It received the name Indy.

Other Brands

There is another category of British car brands. It includes limited edition, special purpose, and locally distributed models. It also includes small or failed manufacturers that have become part of other companies.


Vauxhall Logo

About: Vauxhall logo

The company was founded in 1857. Currently, it belongs to the transnational corporation Stellantis. This brand produces mass-market cars identical to Opel models but distributed only in the domestic market.


MG Logo

About: MG logo

It is a manufacturer of small cars. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, it came under the control of Nanjing Automobile Group, which merged with SAIC in 2008. The MG automobile brand was founded in 1924.


Ariel Logo

Founded in 1870, the company served as the base for this small automaker. In 2001, it was reopened in Crookern and produced the Ariel Atom passenger cars.

David Brown

David Brown Logo

This brand represents limited edition cars. The company is based in Silverstone and is owned by businessman David Brown, who gave it his name.


Keating Logo

The Manchester-based car company made its debut with the TKR supercar in 2006. It currently has four cars of its design.



This British company is a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely. It is an engineering service headquartered in Coventry. In England, the brand is also known for its black cabs.


Grinnall Logo

The company started with classic cars, but after a year, it switched to tricycles – three-wheeled vehicles. The first model appeared in 1991, which is considered the time of the foundation of this brand.


Prodrive Logo

In 1984, entrepreneur David Richards opened a factory in the town of Banbury for the production of racing cars. Today, based on advanced technology, he designs, assembles, and tests cars for such famous companies as Volkswagen, Mini, and Aston Martin.


Radical Logo

This race car manufacturer and developer was founded in 1997 by two automotive engineers, Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott. Their goal was to create high-speed cars for driving on both regular roads and sports tracks. The brand’s most stellar model is the SR3.


Bowler Logo

The company, which has been in existence since 1985, offers racing-class SUVs. It manufactures them based on the Range Rover and Land Rover Defender chassis. The company is headquartered in Belper, UK.

JBA Motors

JBA Motors Logo

The brand specializes in luxury cars, which it has been producing in Norwich since 1982. The abbreviation in the name consists of the first letters of the surnames of the founders of the company: Jones, Barlow, and Ashley.


Axon Logo

This is a young manufacturer of miniature cars, existing on the market since 2005. The head office of the company is located in Wellingborough.


Bristol Logo

Luxury cars of this brand first appeared in 1945. It is currently owned by Kamkorp, which acquired it in 2011, restoring the production of handmade luxury cars.


Daimler Logo

Defunct car brands

The British car industry is a self-contained entity with common laws of survival, decline, prosperity, and development. Therefore, as in the automotive industry of any country in the world, there are advanced manufacturers who endured the season, and there are those who did not withstand the onslaught of external or internal circumstances. As a result, there is a distinct group of companies that have ceased to exist for one reason or another. These include Rover (in operation until 2005), Marcos and ERF (discontinued in 2007), and Eterniti (ceased to exist in 2014).


Eterniti Logo

Eterniti Motors existed for only four years and managed to introduce only one car, the Hemera, which later became Artemis. It was a super SUV with a beverage cooler, sheep’s wool mats, and a transparent roof. In terms of appearance and technical features, they were borrowed from the Porsche Cayenne. Engineers modified the famous model, developing their own version of the luxury car. The logo reminded me of luxury: the calligraphic letter “E” with curls was complemented by a thin and elegant inscription “ETERNITI” and was traditionally located inside the coat of arms. The horizontal striped pattern resembled a wing, hinting at great speed. The company left the market in early 2014.


ERF Logo

The automobile manufacturer ERF was founded in 1933. It was named in honor of Edwin Richard Foden, who was forced to leave his previous job due to disagreements with the board of directors of Foden Trucks. The fact is that Edwin wanted to create trucks with a diesel engine, and his colleagues were against it. He retired to realize his project on his own, and he succeeded: ERF trucks became famous both in Great Britain and abroad. However, the company was in many ways inferior to its competitors. It bought all components from suppliers and could not boast of high sales volumes. Before its closure, the ERF brand changed hands until it was in the hands of MAN. The new owner first changed the model range and then decided to abandon the old brand and its logo – the red inscription “ERF” separated by two diagonal lines of the same color.


Marcos Logo

The automaker Marcos Engineering presented its first sports car in 1960. The novelty looked very unusual, but by the beginning of production, the developers simplified the appearance of the car, adhering to the accepted standards. The company was constantly moving and changing plants, which negatively affected its financial condition. Several times, it went bankrupt, but it was saved from bankruptcy. The last time this happened was in the early 2000s when an American businessman resumed production. In 2007, the company was liquidated anyway. At the same time, the last cars with the Marcos logo were released: an oval nameplate containing the brand name was decorated with a shaped silver frame.


Foden Logo

Foden’s predecessor company was Plant & Hancock, a farm machinery firm. In 1887, it was renamed in honor of the new owner, Edwin Foden. For a long time, the company produced steam trucks, then switched to diesel engines. Managers planned to build another plant, as the demand for trucks was great. However, in the 1970s, the passenger car market declined, which led to financial difficulties. After another ten years, the company was bought by the American concern PACCAR. It replaced the original cars with DAF models and then stopped production of Foden trucks to increase the number of DAF products. At the same time, the black and white diamond-shaped logo with a wide frame and handwritten word “Foden” was discontinued.


Rover Logo

The Rover company appeared in the nineteenth century. It produced bicycles and motorcycles and then entered the automobile business. In the post-war period, its products began to be exported to other countries. For example, the Rover P4 model was recognized as the leader of the European automobile industry. Subsequently, the range changed several times as the company changed hands: among its owners at different times were BMW, Phoenix Consortium Holding, Ford, and Indian automaker Tata Motors. The disappearance of Rover is a credit to Ford. When the bankruptcy of the brand became obvious, the representative of the “big three” tried to get rid of it as soon as possible. Now, the name and emblem (black trapezoid with the sign ROVER and abstract geometric figures) belong to Tata Motors.


Morris Logo

Morris Motors Limited was very successful in its early years. By 1924, it had captured more than 50% of the British car market, overtaking Ford. The production of models under the Morris brand was discontinued in the mid-1980s. The brand is currently owned by SAIC Motor Corporation Limited. The original logo of the now-defunct company echoes the coat of arms of the city of Oxford, where the founder of the company, William Morris, was born and lived. The emblem shows a silver-blue circle with a red bull crossing the River Isis.


Triumph Logo

Triumph’s logo was as promising as its name. It contained an image of a laurel wreath, the symbol of winners. Despite its high ambitions, the company went bankrupt in 1984. Assembly of the first Triumph cars began in 1889. The model range was constantly expanding, but due to financial problems, the manufacturer was forced to get rid of unpopular cars. As a result, there was only Triumph Acclaim based on Honda Ballade. After that, its production stopped. Since 1994, all rights to the brand belong to BMW.


Jensen Logo

Jensen Motors Limited was formed in 1934 when bodybuilder WJ Smith & Sons Limited undertook a global rebranding. The Jensen portfolio included commercial and sports cars, including light trucks, buses, pickup trucks, vans, and luxury sedans. Cars of this brand disappeared from the market in 1976 but returned 22 years later. They kept the original round logo with gold-colored inscriptions “JENSEN,” “JENSEN MOTORS LTD,” and “WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND.” The company was finally disbanded in 2011.


Singer Logo

Singer Motors had a period in its history when it produced only bicycles. Automobiles did not appear until 1901. These were commercial three-wheeled vehicles for milkers and tradesmen. As for the first four-wheeled model, it appeared in 1905. Until 1912, an emblem depicting the bold letter “S” on a bicycle wheel was painted on the radiators. Then, it was removed. In the 1950s, the company ran into financial problems and was absorbed by another automaker, the Rootes Group. The Singer brand disappeared in 1970 as Rootes went into decline.


Riley Logo

In 1902, the Riley brothers founded the Riley Engine Company to manufacture motorcycles and four-wheelers. After rebranding in 1912, the company became Riley (Coventry) Limited, as the owners decided to move into a new, more profitable area of business – the manufacture of spoke wheels. But within a year, the brothers were back in the car manufacturing business. The company grew rapidly, expanding its lineup with limousines, sports cars, sedans, and coupes. After a series of mergers, it was liquidated as the owners deemed it unviable. Despite this, the surviving cars of the British brand are considered cult classics, as is its emblem – the handwritten inscription “Riley” in a blue diamond with a silver border.


Leyland Logo

Leyland Motors, disbanded in 1968, became part of the national business of British Motor Holdings. After the merger, the new entity became British Leyland Motor Corporation. When still independent, Leyland manufactured buses and cars. One of its logos was a blue ring with bridges that converged to the center, forming a circle. Inside it was a capital letter “L” written in bold italics.


Alvis Logo

Alvis, a privately owned automobile manufacturing company, was founded in 1919 to produce scooters, carburetors, and engines. It had to change its logo after the Avro airplane company began complaining about copyright infringement. Thus, the famous badge appeared in the form of an inverted red triangle with the stylized inscription “ALVIS.” The company produced civilian cars until 1967. Then, the trademark belonged to the military division of British Leyland, and its emblem decorated armored vehicles.


Berkeley Logo

Berkeley is a joint venture between trailer manufacturer Berkeley Coachworks and British engineer Lawrence Bond. The result of their collaboration was a sports microcar produced from 1956 to 1960. It became known as a budget, safe, and fragile car designed for racing. Its emblem was a large letter “B” with a red-gray circle enclosed in a ring with the inscription “BERKELEY” and five stars. In 1960, demand for motorhomes plummeted, and Berkeley Coachworks went bankrupt.


Austin Logo

Austin is a brand of automobile manufactured by the Austin Motor Company in the first half of the 20th century. The first model was built in 1905 at the home of engineer Herbert Austin. He started his automobile business, focusing on the prestige class. Among his customers were Spanish officials, bishops of the Vatican, and Russian princes. Over time, the company expanded its product line to include trucks and commercial vehicles. The company disappeared in 1952 after a merger with Morris Motors. In their place appeared the holding British Motor Corporation. Accordingly, the brand name and logo with the handwritten inscription “Austin” in silver color completely went out of use.


Hillman Logo

Until 1910, the Hillman company was known as Hillman-Coatalen. It produced racing cars, but after rebranding, decided to change course and began producing six-cylinder models for city roads. Its cars were decorated with a red diamond-shaped badge, complemented by two white wings and the inscription “HILLMAN.” In 1931, the company was merged with Humber Limited.

What cars are made by the British?

Despite the decline of the British car industry, the country still produces cars in various segments – from the mass market to ultra-luxury models. Moreover, not all companies belong to Great Britain: some factories produce cars of foreign brands. For example, Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla Saloon.

What is the best English car brand?

Aston Martin Lagonda, an ultra-luxury car manufacturer, based in Warwickshire, was unanimously recognized as the best brand in the English car industry.

What is the most British car?

The title of “most British” car ever created was deservedly received by the original Mini, which at one time was recognized as an icon of British pop culture. However, this brand already belongs to the German company BMW AG.

What are the best car brands in the UK?

The UK’s finest car brands are in the ultra-luxury class. These are Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Lagonda, which use modern technology and strive for maximum comfort. But they are matched by luxury car makers such as Landrover, Jaguar, and Mini.