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1959: A Motoring Year in 5 Images

BMC introduced the Mini in both Morris and Austin forms.
BMC introduced the Mini in both Morris and Austin forms.

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The first sections of the M1 were opened as the London to Birmingham motorway. The stretch was the 72 miles from St Albans to Birmingham, The St Alband to Hemel Hampstead section was later bypassed when the M1 was extended south, becoming the M10.

The first sections of the M1 were opened as the London to Birmingham motorway. The stretch was the 72 miles from St Albans to Birmingham, The St Albans to Hemel Hampstead section was later bypassed when the M1 was extended south, becoming the M10.

 

Jaguar replaced the Mk1 sp[orts saloo, with the highly acclaimed Mk2, and with the potent 3.8 litre model completely revolutionised the 'get-away' vehicle market. The police responded by buying Mk2 3.8s as well.
Jaguar replaced the Mk1 sports saloon, with the highly acclaimed Mk2, and with the potent 3.8 litre model completely revolutionised the ‘get-away’ vehicle market. The police responded by buying Mk2 3.8s as well.
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Triumph introduced the Herald.
Triumph introduced the Herald.

 

Double white lines in the centre of the road were introduced in Great Britain for the first time, indicating that they must not be crossed under any circumstances.
Double white lines in the centre of the road were introduced in Great Britain for the first time, indicating that they must not be crossed under any circumstances.

 

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