This week just gone, the UK and indeed much of the world celebrated the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth the Second. That’s an incredible 70 years on the throne, beginning with her coronation in 1953, at just 27 years old. While she was officially coronated in 1953, she’d been head of the British Royal Family for over a year following the death of her father in early 1952.
Of course, we’re here to talk about cars, not royalty, so we thought we’d contextualise that 70-year period that makes the Queen the longest-reigning monarch in car terms. In 1952 the Formula 1 World Championship was just two years old, with that year’s title being taken by Alberto Ascari, the first driver’s champion for fledgling constructor Scuderia Ferrari. Speaking of young, a Mr Nelson Piquet, to-be 1981, 1983 and 1987 F1 world champion, was born in 1952, a few months after Queen Elizabeth took her place as the head of the British Royal Family. Enough light trivia, let's get into the real meat of this piece, as we talk you through a few of our favourite cars that were introduced the year Elizabeth became Queen.