• Peter Berthoud

Car Game, The

Updated: Sep 4

The Car Game, Pepys Series Card Game


First Published: 1961, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St Cross Street, London

Illustrator or Designer: Barry Rowe


Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet


The Car Game Box Front With Title Card
The Car Game Box Front With Title Card Featuring a Lotus Elite

The pack consists of 12 Car-Class cards, 2 each of the 6 different classes of cars featured in the game (Racing, Sports, Record Breaking, Luxury, Touring,Vintage/Veteran) 2 Bluebird cards and 30 Trio cards, each showing 3 examples of the 6 classes in a different order.


The Car Games cards: Car Class Cards, Racing, Sports, Record, Luxury, Touring, Vintage/Veteran and a Bluebird card.

The Car Games cards: Car Class Cards, Racing, Sports, Record, Luxury, Touring, Vintage/Veteran and a Bluebird card.


The Car Games cards: Trio cards 1
The Car Games cards: Trio cards 1

The Car Games cards: Trio cards 2
The Car Games cards: Trio cards 2

The Car Games cards: Trio cards 3
The Car Games cards: Trio cards 3

The Car Games cards: Trio cards 4
The Car Games cards: Trio cards 4

Barry Rowe, the artist who painted the designs for the cards, is highly regarded as an illustrator and automotive artist. His career has spanned illustration, advertising art direction and today he concentrates on his work as a fine artist. In addition to his work for Pepys he has produced original artwork for Louis Vuitton, Royal Mail, Royal Doulton, Royal Caribbean Lines and the Pebble Beach Concours. There is a short interview with him on teacards.com and his own website is barryrowe.com.

The vehicles featured are:


On the Class Cards:

Racing - Cooper

Sports - Jaguar

Record Breaking - Railton Special

Luxury - Rolls-Royce

Touring - Ford Zodiac

Vintage/Veteran - Vintage Bentley

+ Bluebird


On the Trio cards:

Racing - Lotus G.P., Scarab G.P. (U.S.A.), Ferrari G.P. Rear Engine (Italy), B.R.M. G.P., Porsche G.P. (Germany).

Sports - Porsche 1600 (Germany), Sunbeam Alpine, Triumph T.R.3, Aston Martin G.T., Lancia (Italy).

Record Breaking - Thunderbolt 1938, Sunbeam 1927, Jamais Contente 1899 (France), "Babs" Higham Special 1927, Bluebird 1935.

Luxury - Facel Vega (France), Daimler Majestic, Bentley Continental, Alvis, Cadillac (U.S.A.).

Touring - Citroen D.S. 19 (France), Mercedes 220 S (Germany), Vauxhall Cresta, Hillman Minx, Standard Vanguard.

Vintage/Veteran - 1920 Vauxhall Velox, 1930 Bugatti Royale (France), 1906 6 H.P. Rover, 1922 "Bull-Nose" Morris Cowley, 1910 Rolls-Royce.


Game & Version Details



​The Car Game - Card Back



​The Car Game - Rules Front



The Car Game - Rules Back



The definitions of "Veteran" and "Vintage are given.


Broadly the same definitions are still used, for the precise current definitions see The National Motor Museum.



The Car Game - Box Back



The Car Game ​ - Box Top



​The Car Game - Box Side Left



​ The Car Game - Box Base


Envelope style



The Car Game ​ - Box Side Right



​ The Car Game - Box Back With Flap