BMC’s Great­est Cars: Be­hind the Sketches

Un­told sto­ries of five Is­sigo­nis icons

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Pro­duc­ing one truly great ve­hi­cle is nor­mally enough to im­mor­talise a car de­signer, at least within en­thu­si­ast cir­cles. But to be re­spon­si­ble for three of the most iconic, sig­nif­i­cant and best-sell­ing Bri­tish cars of all time quite rightly made Sir Alec Is­sigo­nis a house­hold name of mid-cen­tury Bri­tain. Even his ‘fail­ures’ de­fined mo­tor­ing for mil­lions of Bri­tons. With three decades hav­ing passed since his death on 2 Oc­to­ber 1988, col­lec­tive mem­ory of the man him­self may have faded some­what, but his cars re­main as pop­u­lar and in­flu­en­tial as ever. It’s time to re­count the lesser-known sto­ries be­hind Is­sigo­nis and the world-chang­ing cars that he de­signed.

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