Keeping with the theme of relatively unknown auto manufacturers this week, we have the car company known as Noble. Noble Automotive Ltd. was started in 1999 in West Yorkshire by Lee Noble. The aim was produce his performance, rear-wheel-drive cars for the world. The first car manufactured by Noble was the M10, which was made from 1999 to 2000. Very few were ever put into production, as the Nobel M12 was soon to follow. The Nobel M12 was put into production in 2000 and ended production in 2008. The M12 featured 3 different engines over time with a 2.5 liter option producing 310 bhp and two 3.0 liter engine both producing 352 bhp. The acceleration on the M12 is very quick, but not insane as it does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. The top speed was somewhere in the area of 170 mph.
After the Noble M10 and M12 came the Noble M400, a track variant of the M12. The Noble M400 had 425 horsepower and nasty acceleration, with a 0-60 time of just 3.3 seconds. The top speed for the M400 is 185 mph and it often came in a boring grey color. Only 75 Noble M400 models were ever made, making them rare and sought after in the car collecting world. The M400 was made from 2004 but was discontinued in 2007. After the track oriented Noble M400 was discontinued, the M14 was to be the next car produced. But, they decided to move their preorders to their next car, the M15. But the M15 never quite made it into production, and so it still remains a legend.
The final major Noble vehicle to be produced was the Noble M600. In 2010, the M600 began its sales production. The engine on the M600 is a twin-turbo charged V8 produced by Volvo that puts out 650 horsepower. Its acceleration is quick, as it does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. It is assumed to top out at 185 mph, and only 70 models were ever made of it.
The bottom line is that Noble Automotive is a very underrated car maker. They haven’t sold many models, but their cars performance extraordinarily in almost all circumstances. As to why they aren’t better know, it is because of the lack of Nobles on the road. Very few people can say that they’ve ever seen a Noble in their neighborhood or on the highway. But, that should discourage you as Noble plans for a new model to come out in 2020.
If you are curious about Noble M400 models for sale, here are some models in the USA (Pennsylvania), Florida, Arizona, California, and the UK. The price for a typical M400 seems to be in the $60,000-$150,000 range. There are also a few results on eBay, but I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of any of those models. An additional piece of information, Noble cars came in a variety of colors such as black, grey, orange, blue, light blue, green, red, and occasionally purple.
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