Last week I mentioned that Sir William Lyons used an Mk VII Jaguar as his daily driver. What was different about his Mk VII compared to the run of the mill Mk VII’s? And here was a clue – it was once owned by Rowan Atkinson, Mr. Bean himself. The difference was the fact that this Mk VII was constructed in the factory with an all-aluminium body. Despite their weight and somewhat cumbersome cornering, the normal Mk VII’s were surprisingly successful on the race circuit and this particular Mk VII lightweight did very well. I have owned a couple of Mk VII’s and really enjoyed them as daily drivers.
So to this week. The name of one of the very successful auto manufacturers relates to a Zoroastrian god. Clue, they began production in 1920, but not automobiles.