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Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Britain By Car is a guide to Britain’s motoring history, looking at cars and motoring events primarily through place, rather than by marque, period of manufacture, or category.

There are many signifcant areas yet to be covered.  Some counties have no entries at all; but, hopefully, there is something here that interests you.  Click on a region or category to get started, or search by map.

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The Mitchell Motor Works and Garage

An early motor works and garage of which, at the time, it was claimed to be the world’s largest of its kind.

114 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TS.


Wilbur Gunn, founder of Lagonda

The home of the founder, and site of the company’s first factory.

6, Thorpe Road, Staines, TW18 3AP.  This address later became: The Lagonda Motor Co., Causeway Works, The Causeway, Staines.

1906 – 1947.

The Richard Roberts’ Archive

An extensive collection of historic advertising material, going back more than 100 years, which includes a wide range of motoring publications. 

Unit 14, Adswood Industrial Estate, Adswood Road, Stockport, SK3 8LF.

2017 – present.

P & A Wood

A company steeped in the history, preservation, repair and maintenance of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars.

Great Easton, Dunmow, CM6 2HD

1988 – present (although the origins of the business go back to the early 1960s).


An early stockist of post-Second World War military vehicles, best known for their U.S military Jeep conversions. 

100, Belsize Lane, NW3, and 20, Daleham Mews, London, NW3.

1947 – early 1970s. 

Chislehurst electric car trials

The first national electric car trials.

The Bull’s Head Hotel, 5 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, BR7 6NR.

5 - 9th November 1900