From low cost Yugos to memorable Rovers and the famous DeLorean, six common car brands of yesteryear that are no longer seen on UK roads have been revealed by motoring experts from LeaseCar.uk.
Car experts from LeaseCar.uk have revealed exactly when and why some of Britain’s favourite motoring brands from years gone by closed down.
Triumph, Morris and Stanley all produced cars which graced Britain’s streets for many years, but their production lines have since come to a halt.
Some brands collapsed due to management issues, with others being swallowed up by bigger companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and consequently have never been seen since.
Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “Cars often have a special place in our hearts but as one car manufacturer is created sadly, we often lose others.
“Creating this list sent us on a trip down memory lane and reminded our experts of many of the forgotten cars of yesteryear, when British car manufacturing was the best in the world.
“Some of the companies were around for many years producing some iconic cars, with others being one model wonders.”
Here is the LeaseCar.uk list of six extinct car brands:
Seen as the low-cost alternative to models of cars which were becoming more and more expensive, Yugo made a large impact on our roads in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, it was the low-cost options which brought the company to its end, with a lack of quality control. The company had a brief period of stardom but closed in 1992.
Creating only one model – the DMC-12 – which was made famous in the Back to the Future films, there are still around 6,500 DeLoreans being driven. The company was only survived for seven years, with the remaining parts being bought by someone who set up the DeLorean Motor Company.
The brand was acquired by Leyland Motors in 1960 and BMW took over the brand in 1994. The name ‘Triumph’ was retired in 1984. Triumph gave us many great models such as the 1946 1800 Roadster, 1973 Spitfire and 1983 Acclaim.
Based in Solihull and known for quality and performance Rover was sold to Leyland Motors in 1967. The company made an electric car in 1888 but it was never put into production. The name and marque of Rover was used up until 2005, but is now owned by Jaguar Land Rover, with no Rover Vehicles currently being in production.
Set up by William Morris in 1912 he started with bicycles and then diversified into cars. One of the most famous cars of the Morris production line was the Morris Minor. The company owned and produced many different engines and had agreed to manufacture Spitfires until the management failed.
Britain’s best-selling car brand in the 1920’s, the last ever Wolseley was created in 1975, the 18-22 Series. In 1927 William Morris bought the company and ran it separately alongside Morris Motors, until just before the Second World War when the two companies came together. Wolseley and Morris are now owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation.