Put on your fine clothes, don’t forget your hat, and prepare to walk about the 1962 British Motor Show, held at Earls Court in London. This video, recorded by Pathe Films, was used to showcase the cars and sights of the show, like we do for events like SEMA nowadays. From MG’s and Ford Cortinas to Triumphs and Jaguars, there are plenty of the best that Britain had to offer at the beginning of the 1960s. You will even see some of the lesser-known makes, such as Riley, and there’s even a Jensen CV8 with Chrysler Golden Commando 383ci hiding under the hood…er, bonnet.
The music and voiceover are pure newsreel kitsch, but the sights are worth taking in. Britain was gearing up to broaden their horizons and was preparing to sell automobiles outside of the country, mainly to other countries in Europe at this time, so the show was a particularly big deal.
Click play below to take in the sights of the 1962 British Motor Show!