VotW – Earls Court Motor Show 1962

Earl’s Court Motor Show of 1962, that is the subject of our Video of the Week this time. 1962 was a good year. Not only was it the introduction of the Triumph Spitfire and Mk I Ford Cortina, but it is the year before I was born. (Figure that one out on your own.)

Looking at this video there are some great machines. Not only will you see the aforementioned Spitfire and Cortina, but you will also catch glimpses of the BMC Mini, Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford, Morris 1100, MG 1100, Mini Cooper, Riley Elf, Hillman Super Minx, Jenson, Rover 3.0L, Ford Zephyr, Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Elan, and Bentley Continental.  Can you imagine a British car show with such a varied lineup these days? Wouldn’t it be wonderful?

Oh, and have some have mentioned, please try to ignore the sexist commentary. Remember, these were the early 60s. A much different time, although it doesn’t seem that long ago.


Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.


  1. This brought back some memories, it must have been the 1958 Earls Court Show when, as one of the more senior Jaguar Apprentices at the time, I was given the job to be one of the demonstration drivers at the Earls Court Motor Show. We had a 3.4 with automatic transmission and disc brakes, a 2.4 and a XK150. In those days there was no speed limit over Chiswick Bridge, little traffic and a very good approach from the South so we could easily reach 100 MPH with the 3.4 litre engined cars and then do the most impressive stop with the disc brakes.
    This was repeated every hour for the period of the show. Met some really interesting potential Jaguar owners.
    I was in London last summer, crossed the same bridge but now speed limits, strictly enforced with cameras, and a lot of traffic.
    Progress !!!! I’ve just turned 80 and consider myself to be very lucky to have had the experiences I have had.

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