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Nigel Thorley - Motoring Through the Decades

Jaguar logo Standard Triumph logo Armstrong Siddeley logo Renowned expert and author, Nigel Thorley, explained to us how the motor industry restarted in 1945 after the end of WWII - the first cars to be produced by firms such as Armstrong Siddeley, Standard Triumph and Jaguar.

Jaguar Journal 1950s Car Nigel reviewed the state of the British motor industry immediately after the war covering the immediate postwar years up to the 1960s.

He then took us through the many changes in manufacturers models and competition between them. For example, the birth of the BMC group, the many companies that failed to compete in an ever more competitive environment and, due to changes in legislation and import duty, the birth of the foreign import as a major threat.

Nigel Thorley

Nigel Thorley Nigel was brought up with Jaguars, his fathers cars including an SS and Marks VII, IX & X. Since then Nigel has owned over 60 Jaguars and Daimlers, beginning with a Mark 2 at the age of 17 and currently running a modern XJ8 (X-350) and a 1958 Mark VIII.

Nigel wrote his first book, The Complete Companion to the Mark 2, in 1983. Some 20 titles later his latest works are Jaguar - Marketing the Marque and Great Cars - Jaguar XK.
(He has also written about Citroens and Fords!)

Nigel was a founder and is a Director of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, and has been editor of Jaguar Enthusiast since its inception. He also works for TV programmes, the www.classiccartv.co.uk Internet Channel, and gives many talks both here and abroad.

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