Noble Moy Automotive, the independent British carmaker, celebrated hitting its first ‘ton’ by unveiling no fewer than three variations of its M12 supercar at the 2002 British International Motor Show.
Noble, which first exhibited at the Show in 1998, has now produced 100 M12s, and the company’s already impressive forward order book is sure to be boosted by demand for its stunning new convertible, the M12 GTC, given its world debut at the Show. The car wowed onlookers at the Noble stand, and its creator Lee Noble was understandably delighted.
“We debuted the M12 at the British Motor Show two years ago, and again it’s the perfect launch platform to unveil our enhanced range,” he said.
Noble has thrived while some specialist manufacturers have struggled in recent times, and Lee Noble puts that down to a number of factors. “We gained enormous credibility - and profile - by establishing a dealer network across the UK. That was a very important step. But also I believe we genuinely fill a gap in the market with our cars, and we’re looking to the future rather than pushing outdated concepts.”
The drop-top M12 is joined at the NEC by the GTO-3 and GTO-3R models, all of which boast increased power compared with previous versions of the car, thanks to a twin-turbo 3-litre V6 powerplant that generates 340bhp.
The £51,500 GTO-3R becomes the top of the range Noble, featuring a full leather interior, improved soundproofing and unique lightweight alloy wheels. It goes on sale in the spring.
And if the already stunning performance of these M12s isn’t enough, next year a road-legal track car, the M12 GTO-3T will be available to special order for upwards of £65,000.Published 22 October 2002