Carole Nash - Cherished Car Insurance Company Classic Car Insurance from Carole Nash, a UK based classic car insurance specialist. Offering affordable car insurance for both classic & modern vehicles. Get a quote today
Call for a Quote
0800 093 2950


Get the thoughts of our
Classic Car bloggers.

5 Fashionable British Cars From The 1940s



In the 1940s, car manufacturers were focused on the war effort. Civilian car production had lowered to below 2000 units. In November 1940, the total number of cars in the UK was 1,348,817, and many vehicles were commandeered by the Army. However, there were still plenty of British classics throughout the decade, and here are five of the most fashionable.


1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Produced in 1949, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was billed as a luxury car. It was the first Rolls-Royce car to be offered with a factory built body and it came with an in-line six cylinder engine. The Silver Dawn had a classy appearance, with a wide, elegant grille and streamlined windows. Between 1949 and 1955 only 760 were produced, and the earlier models featured a Bentley Mark VI dashboard.


1948 Jaguar Mark V

First unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show, the Jaguar Mark V was outshined by the XK120. However, the Mark V outsold the XK120. The car featured an upright chrome grille and optional leaping Jaguar radiator cap mascot. With a 2664 cc engine, the Mark V had a power output of 104 bhp. A new chassis and independent front suspension completed one of the finest cars of the ‘40s.



1949 Austin A90 Atlantic

The Austin A90 Atlantic was the first post-war car that Austin built from scratch. Influenced by a 1946 Pininfarina-bodied Alfa Romeo cabriolet, the A90 was designed to appeal to an American audience. This wasn’t unusual for a British made car at the time, due to the Government edict of ‘export or die.’ The A90 featured a wrap-around windscreen, twin ‘Flying A’ bonnet ornaments and hydraulically powered windows.


1948 Sunbeam-Talbot 90

Produced in 1948, the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was available as a four-door four-light sports saloon or drophead coupe. The car’s 1944 cc four-cylinder engine meant it could reach a top speed of 80 mph. The Sunbeam-Talbot 90 had an aura of elegance that was common among many cars of the 1940s.


1946 Triumph Roadster

The Triumph Roadster was created during the closing days of WW2 to compete with Jaguar. Inspired by the Dolomite Roadster, the car had a sleek body and curves. Due to the shortage of steel in a post-war world, the car was built from aluminium using rubber press tools.

1 0
<< Back to Blog Overview

Carole Nash - The care it deserves. 0800 093 2950. Ts and Cs apply.

Save up to 41% with Multi Classic Car Insurance

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 9.00am - 7.00pm

Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm

Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, firm reference number 307243. You can check this on the Financial Services Register by visiting their website on or by contacting them on 0800 111 6768.

†Multi-Classic Car savings are based on an average customer saving 41% when compared to buying three separate Carole Nash policies.  Average customer = 57 year old male driving a 1965 MG B; a 1973 MG B and a 1972 MG Midget.  Savings accurate as of 1.7.2016.

Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd is regulated by the Ministry of Justice in respect of regulated claims management activities; its registration is recorded on the website
Carole Nash is a trading style of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd, registered in England and Wales No 2600841. England and Wales. VAT registration no: 504684154.

Online sales and quotation service is currently only available to UK and Ireland customers. Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

© Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd. All rights reserved.