The Gold Cirrus is a low-volume British sports car built in Surrey in 1991 by the Gold Motor Company. A very innovative car, it featured a composite body, mid-mounted V8, ground-effect aerodynamics and four-wheel drive, but despite its cutting-edge technology, only two were made: a gold prototype and a red production version. This was most likely down to a £45,000 price tag in the midst of a terrible recession.
A red one was driven by Tiff Needell on Top Gear for their 1991 Motorfair special. Needell said: "This is a serious motor car... An indulgence, but rather a nice one."
Capable of 134 mph, Nick Butler was the man responsible for the Cirrus's sleek lines. It was capable of 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds and could manage 24 mpg.
As with most low-volume sports cars, the Cirrus borrowed parts from other vehicles, such as a Citroën CX windscreen and Vauxhall Royale tail lights, but they were very skilfully integrated.
Today one of the Cirruses is worth £12-20,000.