what is a thoroughbred car?
The definition of a real thoroughbred
car is open to discussion. This website celebrates those pre war and early
post war cars that were 'better than the rest'. The initial purchase cost is just
one factor. Most of these cars were hand built and were marketed to those
very few who could afford them. Some well known marques also managed to
produce some terrible models and these will be omitted. For many years,
the Vintage Sport Car Club of Great Britain refused to accept some cars
under the category of 'post vintage thoroughbred' on the grounds that some
excellent cars were produced in too great a quantity to be thoroughbred.
The most noticeable victim of of this policy was the pre-war MG despite
the fact that many class world speed records were held by that marque and
that they enjoyed a very successful racing career.
1936 Pa MG
The same club also discriminated against
'assembled' cars such as the Jaguar, so their classic SS model was also
Times have changed, and almost any old
car can be seen at shows and described as a 'classic'. Most of these
'classic' cars were dreadful when new and time has not matured them into
fine wine! This has devalued the term classic car to a significant
The editor owned a large number of
thoroughbred cars in the 1960s, when gems really could be found
languishing in barns, to be bought for £50. The ownership of such cars at
that time was considered by most to be somewhat eccentric! The cars would
be restored and run as road cars and enjoyed for what they were ..... fine
and extravagant examples of automotive history. Many of these same cars
now languish in museums or climate controlled collections. In all cases
their values have skyrocketed as buyers came in to the market to buy
'investments' rather than enjoy these wonderful cars for their own sake.
If you feel that we should include a
particular car, do not hesitate to