(This buyers guide is constantly updated. If you're hungry to learn more about British manufacturing, read our Which cars are built in Britain? article)
Take a look at the monthly car sales figures produced by the SMMT and you'll notice a row at the bottom reserved for 'Other British'.
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That row shows that these nameless manufacturers are achieving similar figures to last year. July 2012 saw 54 cars registered by Other British. Not bad - until you take into account that figure is just under half of the 127 cars sold overall so far this year...
It's heartening to know that there are still some British manufacturers out there alongside Aston Martin. Though some of the largest brands in history have their roots firmly planted in Britain, they've long since been sold to foreign multinationals.
Jaguar Land Rover, for instance, may produce an awful lot of British-built cars in Liverpool and Birmingham such as the phenomenally-successful Range Rover Evoque, but it's officially the property of Indian multinational Tata Motors after they bought the property from Ford in 2008.
Britain's manufacturing plants are still some of the best in the world. Nissan has trusted its Sunderland headquarters to produce its Nissan Note, for instance.
So, who are these other British manufacturers? What cars do they make, where are they located, how affordable are their cars and are they reliable?
MotorTorque has scoured every inch of these fair isles to root them out. Below is our definitive list of British car manufacturers in the UK today:
One of the most well-known other British manufacturers, Caterham Cars' roots are steeped in motorsport. The company is based in - you guessed it - Caterham, Surrey. Founded in 1973 after acquiring the rights to build the Lotus Seven, Caterham was bought by F1 mogul Tony Fernandes in April 2011.
Its most famous model is its oldest, and is the car that put Caterham on the map. The current version of the Caterham Seven is an evolution of the Series 3 Lotus Seven that was created by Lotus founder Colin Chapham, and launched as the Lotus Seven in 1957.
According to the Caterham website, the Seven is over fifty years old in spirit, but will always be a work in progress, with the company promising to refine and enhance the design.
Bristol Cars Limited
Luxury car specialist Bristol Cars Limited was founded in 1945. The company's headquarters is based in Patchway, Bristol. To date the manufacturer only has one existing showroom, located on Kensington High Street in London.
Bristol was purchased in April 2011 by British-Swiss holding company Kamkorp after the company experienced financial difficulties.
Bristol has a loyal fan-base for its luxury models. The manufacturer is well-known for debuting its new models on an irregular basis. The brand has also only used Chrysler engines since 1961, after previously only using six-cylinder BMW engines.
Its latest model, the Bristol Fighter supercar, was released in 2004.
Ariel Motors Limited
Ariel Motors Ltd. is based in Somerset, and was founded in 1991 by Simon Saunders. The company reportedly only has less than ten employees and produces less than 100 cars per annum.
Ariel is best known for its flagship car, the Ariel Atom, which is a light, high-performance car. The world's first road-worthy exoskeletal car, it's powered by a Honda Civic Type-R engine and gearbox.
The company is currently planning to construct a bespoke motorcycle, which will cost an estimated £20,000 per unit.
Ascari Cars Ltd. can be located in Banbury, Oxfordshire. It's a relatively new manufacturer, founded in 1995 and named after legendary double world F1 champion Alberto Ascari.
Ascari released its first model, the Ascari Ecosse in 1998. Afterward the company was purchased by Dutch businessman Klaas Zwart.
Other road-worthy cars the company has built include the Ascari KZ1 and its upgraded version, the Ascari A10. The Ascari KZ1-R is a road-legal version of the brand's KZ1-R GT3 racer.
Manchester-based Keating Supercars was founded by Anthony Keating, whose vision was to produce supercars that stood out from all the rest. The result was the Keating SKR, TKR and ZKR. Two new cars are expected to be released in 2013.
Noble was established in 1999 by Lee Noble in Leeds. It has since moved to the Meridian Business Park near Leicester, after the brand was bought by Peter Dyson in 2006. The company manufactures high-speed sports cars.
The brand's mission statement is to produce supercars with rewarding driving experiences. The Noble M600 emphasises this perfectly, with its Volvo twin-turbocharged V8 engine, able to reach 0-62.1 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Westfield began in 1983, after Grand Prix competitor and engineer, Chris Smith, built a stunning replica of a 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car. The Westfield 7SE followed soon after. 1991 saw the release of the mighty V8-powered SEIGHT.
The company was bought out by Potenza in December 2006. Since then, Westfield has been named the first niche manufacturer to be awarded European Small Series Production Status, thanks to the production of the Sport Turbo.
Westfield is based in Kingswinford.
McLaren is easily the most famous of the bunch, thanks to its ties with F1. McLaren Automotive makes high-performance road-worthy cars based on the brand's Formula One technology, and can be classed as a spin-off from the McLaren Group.
The manufacturer has produced a number of incredible models in the past, such as 1999's McLaren SLR. Other supercars include the MP4-12C, the Hypercar (P12), the Baby McLaren and the X-1 concept car.
The company is headed by chairman Ron Dennis, and is based in Woking, Surrey. McLaren Automotive has approximately 1,500 employees.
Formed by Lee Noble of Noble fame in 2009, Fenix is a new project by the auto mogul, aiming to build sports cars and other luxury vehicles. The company is currently producing an unnamed car.
Morgan Motor Company
Over a century old, Morgan is one of the mainstays of British car manufacturing. It was founded in 1910 by Harry Frederick Stanley Morgan and has been in the family for three generations. After Harry's death in 1959, his son, Peter succeeded him until his own death in 2003.
The company is currently managed by Charles Morgan, Peter's son. The Morgan Motor Company is based in Malvern, Worcestershire, with all of the company's cars assembled by hand.
One of Morgan's most famous models was the Morgan Plus 8, which was discontinued in 2004. During its lifespan however, the car was phenomenally successful - especially on the race track thanks to its Rover V8 engine.
Morgan saw something of a renaissance during 2009/10, seeing a significant increase in sales. The company is currently working on two models; a luxury supercar called the Eva GT, and the LIFEcar2 which will introduce a super-efficient, series hybrid drive train.
Founded in 1958, Ginetta Cars is a specialist sports car builder. Its two road-legal cars, the G40R and G60, are quite rare. The G40 was released in 2011, and was envisaged as a 'race car for the road'.
The G60 was first out of the blocks, though. Released in March 2010 the G60 is an attractive sports car, and is powered by a Ford-sourced 3.7-litre V6 engine.
Ginetta is based in Leeds. The company was founded by four brothers going by the surname of Walklett, with the company focusing heavily on the motorsport scene.
Grinnall Specialist Cars
Grinnall is based in Bewdley, Worcestershire. The company makes specialist trikes and motorcycles, but has also produced a number of cars. Some of the models manufacturered by Grinnall include the Grinnall Scorpion III and the Grinnall Scorpion IV.
Lynx Motors was founded in 1968, primarily to repair and maintain specialist sports cars. The company was first asked to develop a practical alternative to the Jaguar D-Type - the Lynx D-Type - which was a resounding success. Lynx has since constructed differing versions of other famous Jaguar models.
Niche supercar builder Arash opened its doors in 1999, and quickly produced the Farbourd GT. They manufactured the GT and GTS model until 2006, when they started concentrating on the Arash AF-10, released in 2011. All of these supercars are currently on display at the Arash factory. The company's headquarters are located in Newmarket.
Founded by Drew Bowler, Bowler Offroad has been manufacturing offroad racing vehicles since 1985, based off designs from the Land Rover Defender and Range Rover chassis. The company's headquarters are currently in Derbyshire.
Bowler are official partners of Land Rover. Bowler's first consumer vehicle was released in 1986, and was modelled on a Range Rover chassis. The Bowler 88" TOMCAT followed in 1989, which was the car that got Bowler noticed in the world of motoring.
Bowler is perhaps best known for the Bowler Wildcat, which the company doesn't produce anymore. Bowler now produces the Bowler EXR rally car and the EXR S car for the road.
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Written by John Meadowcroft