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The Noble M12 is a two-door, two-seat sports car manufactured by Noble Automotive.

Lee Noble doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Enzo Ferrari, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Ettore Bugatti or Ferdinand Porsche but his contribution to the advancement of seriously high-end sports cars cannot be underestimated.

He is a British car designer and engineer who founded Noble Automotive in Leicester in 1999 after working on low volume cars with astronomical price tags for Ultima, Prosport and Ascari. He wanted to keep the ethos of these niche cars but he also wanted to dramatically reduce manufacturing and retail prices and make pure drivers cars. This is a formula that has traditionally ended in disaster (or, more often than not, bankruptcy and subsequent obscurity) but since he came out with the 2.5-litre V6 M10 in 1999 that looked not too dissimilar to the Toyota MR2, he hasn’t looked back.

Only a few M10s were made and sold because when the M12 was announced, buyers moved their deposits over. A wise move if ever there was one. The success of the M12 was based on the strength of the car itself rather than relying on corporate heritage or multi-million pound marketing budgets and it stood up to the close attention it was paid.

Here are the four versions of the M12:

Noble M12 GTO – V6, 2.5-litre bi-turbo, 310bhp – 2000 Noble M12 GTO-3 – V6, 3.0-litre bi-turbo, 352bhp – 2003 Noble M12 GTO-3R – V6, 3.0-litre bi-turbo, 352bhp – 2003 Noble M12 M400 – track-variant, V6, 3.0-litre bi-turbo, 425bhp – 2004