If you asked anyone to compile a list of great European car-producing nations, it’s unlikely that they would think of Spain first. Compared with France, Germany, Italy and the UK, Spain appears at first to be a minor player.

This is not entirely fair. Spanish factories produce an enormous number of cars each year, and although the only local brand most people can think of is SEAT there have been many others dating back almost to the very earliest days of the motor industry. And there’s more to it than that. As we’ll see, several manufacturers based in other countries also build their cars in Spanish factories.