Ligier is one of those car companies that's better-known than its limited product range would suggest. It only entered the car business with the Ligier JS2 in 1972, a mid-engined sports car initially powered by a Ford V6, and then the wonderful Maserati V6 engine from the Citroën SM.
Ligier also built the final SMs at its factory in Vichy before Peugeot pulled the plug on this model in 1975. From there, the company changed its focus to microcars, products which it builds to this day. In September 2008, Ligier merged with Beneteau Group's Microcar division, creating Europe's second largest microcar manufacturer, and largest manufacturer of drivers licence-exempt vehicles.