It’s all very British with cars over at Autocar today

It’s all gone very British over at Autocar as they have today released the results of their reader’s survey to find the best British car ever built.

The motoring magazine invited its readers to vote for the top 100 British cars as the publication celebrates the strength of the British car industry with a special 220-page issue.

In the survey Lotus is revealed as Britain’s most popular manufacturer of all time, with seven models making the top 100 – more than any other. Hot on the Norfolk car maker’s heels are Jaguar and Ford, both with six models on the list. Aston Martin is up next with five and TVR have four cars in the line-up but no Tuscan!

Autocar British Top 100

Overall, the closest rivals to Sir Alec Issigonis’s original Mini are McLaren’s iconic F1 road car, which placed second on the list and the Jaguar E-type in third.

Autocar brand editor Chas Hallett commented: “It comes as little surprise that the original Mini has topped the list of all-time British greats. It’s such an iconic vehicle and represents a lot more than the British car industry; the Mini is associated with Great Britain around the world and, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.

“Everyone loved and still loves an original Mini; it ensured a fabulous drive every time, with a wheel literally at each corner and a low centre of gravity, plus it was cheap to own and run. Many a former owner will undoubtedly be wishing they had held on to theirs, as good examples are now worth tens of thousands of pounds.”

Along with these results Autocar has also found that McLaren are asking customers of the new P1 if they would also like a track version. Just in case the road version isn’t fast enough!  The reports on the P1 from everyone who has driven it haven’t mention a lack of power but McLaren think there may be an opportunity to provide a lowered, track only more powerful car for private track events.

Autocar Top 100 – the top 25

1 Original Mini
2 McLaren F1
3 Jaguar E-type
4 Range Rover
5 Yamaha Motiv.E
6 McLaren P1
7 Jaguar XJ220
8 Aston Martin DB5
9 TVR Griffith
10 Ford Escort Mexico
11 Jensen FF
12 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
13 Jaguar D-type
14 Lotus Elise
15 Rolls-Royce Phantom
16 Ford GT40
17 Jaguar XF
18 Bentley Blower
19 New Mini
20 TVR Chimaera
21 Rover SD1
22 TVR Speed 12
23 Lotus Elan
24 Morris Minor
25 McLaren 12C


Author: News Editor

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