The Germans might have dismissed the motor show, but the bulldog spirit was alive and well at the NEC with the latest home-grown sports cars from Noble, Morgan, Marcos and TVR.
The undoubted star of the show was Noble’s jaw-dropping 400bhp M14, featured exclusively in last week’s Autocar, but the Leicestershire-based company also gave a world debut to a second new car at the NEC.
The M12 GTC will go on sale at the end of the year for £44,950, £3k less than the GTO 3. Although you ‘only’ get a single-turbo 290bhp V6 instead of the 3’s twin-turbo 352bhp lump, that still means a 0-60mph time of around 4.5 seconds.
Otherwise, the open-top shares the same engineering as the coupé – Noble deemed the car rigid enough not to need extra strengthening.
The GTC gets two removable composite roof panels that stow behind the seats, and the rear section of the roof can also be taken off, although this can’t be stored in the car. The GTC is also the first M12 to get a rear luggage compartment.
Morgan showed off a trio of new cars at the NEC, led by the new Roadster, making its world debut. It replaces the Plus Eight, whose Rover V8 engine has ceased production. In its place arrives a Ford-sourced 3.0-litre V6, but the rest of the package is carried over largely unchanged.
The new Roadster costs £34,992 for a standard car, although Morgan also unveiled a lightweight version for track use costing £29,374.
It was also the UK debut for the revised Aero 8, which borrows the changes made for the American-market model, including the fitment of anti-lock brakes, EBD and airbags.