History of 4 Famous UK Car Brands
The car industry of UK started in 18th century and is influenced mostly by sports nd luxury brand of cars. It has a diverse cultural history of famous brands each with a logo history of its own. Some of the prominent ones include Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren and Rolls Royce.
But lately, especially during the late 80s, the car industry in UK has faced the problem of becoming foreign-owned. UK brand of cars like Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls Royce have been bought out by foreign companies like BMW, TATA and GM. Still, births cars have always had consistent representation in auto racing (McLaren).
Aston Martin Logo Evolution:
Aston Martin was initially founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The name comes from after the owner Lionel Martin and the Aston Clinton hill climb racing course where their Singers car had won previously. Its first logo in 1921 was a logo with the letters ‘A’ and ‘M’ together. From then, the logo changed 5 times into the shape of wings of an eagle.
Rolls Royce Logo Evolution:
Rolls Royce is among the finest UK brands and is the most expensive and luxurious car in the industry. Its logo has always portrayed two ‘Rs’ in a loop that clearly depicts the founders’ names Rolls and Royce. BMW bought an option on the trademarks, licensing the name and “RR” logo for Aï¿½40m.
MINI Logo Evolution:
The MINI logo has faced several changes because of the change of its name. From being “Austin Cooper” to “Morris Cooper” to “mini Cooper” and finally in 1969 the car came to be known as the “MINI”. The current MINI logo is resembles the Aston Martin winged eagle logo.
Vauxhall Logo Evolution:
Vauxhall Motors is a UK car manufacturing company founded in 1857, now owned by General Motors (USA). Since the first Vauxhall logo in 1920s, the concept is based on a mythical creature called the “Griffin”. The griffin is a mythical creature, half lion and half eagle. The Vauxhall brand has got 9 redesigned logos as illustrated below: