Vincent Automotive, founded as a maker of luxury coupes for the elite, now produces a wide range of cars for almost any budget from the low end Erupt to the full size Caldera, Monolith and Spectre. Vincent is, nowadays, known for its progressive design languages that have evolved through the ages, with some complete revolutions in styling along the way. Here we go through, not in any order at all, the story of Vincent Automotive and their pioneering designs.
First though, we need to cover some basics-
Post 1985, there are 4 trim levels for each model, these are:
EcoLine - The Eco model, focused on being high tech and very fuel efficient, these cars use smaller vaiants of the EcoSport engines to maintain an engaging drive.
EcoSport- the eco model with a twist, not the most economical, but faster and sportier than EcoLine.
ComfortLine - The comfort oriented trim, it will have a bit more of a lazy engine and a more supple ride than EcoSport.
SportLine - The sport model, with a powerful engine and a more sporty setup than EcoSport, SportLine cars mean business on road and track.
Vincent also has an in-house team of petrolhead loonies (because every company has one of those these days) that was formed in 1976, initially, they took the name VRS (Vincent Race Sector) but, in 1985, to coincide with the new concepts, was changed to VST (Vincent Sport Tuning).
Design was always important to founder Vincent Lee Laithwaite, who decreed that every model should be uniform and represent Vincent in a way that stands out from the crowd, he gave each of these design languages names to reflect their look, a tradition which Vincent Automotive still follows to this day.
1991-1996: Late Futurisma
2015-endgame: Arrow Minima
Founded in 1949 by Vincent Lee Laithwaite of Ynysybwl, Wales, near Cardiff, Vincent Automotive had its first factory located just west of Pontypridd as well as 2 showrooms, one in Cardiff and one in Swansea, built and ready for use by 1951, at the same time, Laithwaite was designing and engineering his first model, it was in production by 1952. Laithwaite, a recent engineering and design graduate from Oxford, was confident in his designs and was intent on having only the highest quality parts go into his cars, the upshot of this was that it was easily the most reliable car in the UK, but, it was very expensive and only the upper middle and upper classes could realistically afford one at that time, despite this, it sold well nationwide and Vincent Automotive went on to be the top British automaker every year since 1968.