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The History of Lynx Motors
[caption width="1243" id="attachment_5046" align="alignnone"] Guy black, seated in a D-Type, in conversation with Roger Ludgate in the early seventies
Lynx Motors is a British car manufacturer with current headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, whose products were often closely related to Jaguar. Since the founding in 1966 by Guy Black, the restoration, maintenance and race preparation of Jaguar cars has been at the center of activities. The company was known primarily as a bespoke car manufacturer with high quality recreations of various Jaguar racing cars under the brand name Lynx, which were created in the style of the factory cars since about 1972 when Guy Black teamed up with Roger Ludgate.
Since the 1990s Lynx cars manufactured modernised recreations mostly for public road use and produced recreations of the D-Type, XK-SS , C-Type and E-Type Lightweight. Ownership of the company changed several times over the course of five decades, but the heart of Lynx always remained in the south of England.
The early years with Black and Ludgate in the seventies
The original company was founded in 1966 by Guy Black, with Roger Ludgate joining Lynx for a new chapter in the early seventies. In those early years, Lynx specialised in the repair, maintenance and tuning of sports and racing cars, especially C-Type and D-Type models.
In about 1972 the company started to completely rebuild a first D-Type using frame and chassis components of the E-Type – the vehicle, which was completed around 1974, made its debut in 1975 at an English trade fair as the Lynx D-Type.
In parallel, Lynx was commissioned by Jaguar to be involved in the further development of the E-Type, both with engineering services, and the construction of pre-series vehicles. There were also conversions of Jaguar series vehicles on behalf of private customers.
From 1980, Lynx began producing modified versions of the Jaguar XJ-S to produce, firstly a convertible called a Spyder, then in 1983 the Eventer style Shooting Brake style estate – one of which Guy still has . From 1982, vehicle tuning was increasingly added, and from 1986 convertible conversions were created based on other manufacturers cars too. From 1990 the company offered the Lynx XKSS as a high-quality replica of the Jaguar XK-SS road sports car.
In the early 1980s, the company underwent some structural changes, although it was still called Lynx Motor Co. based in Northiam near Rye in East Sussex. The following year, the legally independent Lynx Replica Sales Ltd. was based in London ‘s upmarket Kensington district. For 1982 Lynx Sales Ltd. opened with new offices and exhibition space – again in Kensington. While Lynx Engineering Ltd. took care of the production near Rye. For 1983 both companies, based in St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings in East Sussex, merged unde the name Lynx Motor Co. Ltd. The newly formed company was to remain there for the next twenty-seven years. Since 1988 the company operated as Lynx Cars Limited and moved into new rooms on the same street.
From 1981 to 1985, Lynx vehicles were also available on the German market. A freelance importer in Merzalben sold them together with vehicles from other British brands such as MG and Triumph, as well as TVR , Kougar and the Argentinean Crespi.
The continuation under Mayston-Taylor from 1992
A newly built Jaguar E-Type Lightweight with hatchback was introduced in the mid-nineties, such as what Peter Lindner drove in 1964. Replicas of this light-weight coupe model were included in the Lynx lineup from 1994.
In March 1992, John Mayston-Taylor took over the company. An automobile enthusiast, who himself collects and restores high-quality classic automobiles, initially continued to run Lynx Cars Limited as part of another company, the successful family-owned timber trade CH Davis & Co. Limited – which had been in existence since 1949. From 1995 he used the company name Lynx Motors International Limited for the automotive division. However, the full legal independence took place under this name only at the end of March 2000, when the division was spun off from the long-established trading company.
Under the leadership of Mayston-Taylor, the company again concentrated more on the previous pillars covered with Jaguar. So Lynx created new cars as individual pieces in a classic style of the Lynx D-Type and the XKSS. From 1994 high-quality reproductions of the E-Type Lightweight were introduced into the product range, either as a hatchback or Coupé, or as a roadster with hardtop. Furthermore, complete recreations of the C-Type were mentioned for the first time in the 1995 model year. The company’s main focus remained on the Eventer-Umbau and the restoration of high-quality cars, especially older Jaguars. In addition, spare parts were manufactured and individual vehicles were technically and aesthetically customised on behalf of customers.
In 2009, Lynx production ended under Mayston-Taylor. There are indications that the production of complete cars ended since the end of 2005. The reasons were the high costs for the detailed replicas and the resulting lack of demand.
The continuation under Forsyth from 2009
Lynx Motors International Limited existed under the leadership of Nigel John Forsyth from 2009. He had taken over the brand and name rights to Lynx Motors, as well as the manufacturing equipment and materials. The detailed replicas of the older Jaguar models were again available as new cars and restorations of original vehicles continued as well as the reproduction of spare parts. In parallel, Forsyth headed the company Proteus Sports & Racing Cars Limited, which still offers replicas of other racing and sports cars. As the demand for the Lynx recreations declined again in the early 2010s, Lynx brought the new car production to a standstill, and in 2013 sold parts of the inventory, partly to Jaguar and partly to collectors and automobile lovers.
The continuation in British-Czech-German co-operation from 2014
Lynx Motors (International) Limited was founded in October 2014. Forsyth bought the brand and name rights into the new company, which carried on the production of the earlier models. The other directors were the Czech entrepreneur Josef Lopata and the German engineer Johannes Schilcher.
From 2014, Lynx Motors would again offer faithful recreations of the C-Type, D-Type, XKSS and E-Type Lightweight cars. Vehicle restoration continued, especially for original Jaguars, older Lynx cars, but also Porsche and Maserati.
The bodies of the Lynx car models continued to be handcrafted from light metal sheets in England and riveted in the same way as the originals. Approval for the European market is via the German TÜV system.
For the UK market, sales of Lynx at that time was exclusively via Hofmann’s of Henley, otherwise directly from the manufacturer. One of the first new vehicles after the restructuring in 2014 was the Lynx XKSS, which featured in the British magazine Classic & Sports Car issue May 2015.
Relaunched with Passion
In 2019 Frank Berger resurrected the brand and re-established the company in Henley-on-Thames, then later in Coventry in the old Abbey Panels building – steeped in automotive history.