The Motorcars Limited was a British car manufacturer, which operated from 1963 to 1973. Its best known product was the Sceptre sports car, which was based on Jaguar’s E-Type but with a fibreglass body and cheaper running gear. The Motorcars Limited was created by Sir William Lyons with the object of producing cars at lower prices than his main company, Jaguar Cars, who produced cars under contract for Ford to avoid import duties. However, this car was only produced in very small numbers. The first production car was the Sceptre Mk1 (also known as E-Type), launched in September 1963. This achieved some fame when it became the official car of the 1966 Football League Cup Final between West Ham United and Everton
The Motorcars Limited was a British car manufacturer, which operated from 1963 to 1973.
The Motorcars Limited was a British car manufacturer, which operated from 1963 to 1973. The company was founded by Sir William Lyons in 1963 as an offshoot of his earlier enterprise Jaguar Cars Limited, following his decision to leave the latter company after disagreements with its board over future policy (he had been Managing Director since 1945).
The first model produced by Motorcars Limited was called Sceptre and based on Jaguar E-Type platform. It was designed by Italian stylist Franco Scaglione and featured fibreglass bodywork rather than aluminium like its predecessor’s; this made it cheaper and easier to produce but also less resistant against corrosion so only about 50 examples were built before production stopped in 1969 when they couldn’t afford repairs anymore due to low sales figures despite good reviews from motoring journalists such as Quentin Wilson who praised its performance capabilities thanks especially towards its 4 litre six cylinder engine capable of reaching speeds above 160 mph (250 km/h).