As hotly-debated industries go, motoring is one that is right up there. From who creates the best designs to who boasts the finest performance, there has always been something to argue. When it comes to British cars, the exquisite craftsmanship of some cars has been overshadowed by dodgy vehicles at the other end of the spectrum.
This is why we’re here, to hail the best of British cars. To give you a list of automobiles manufactured in this country that make you feel proud of your nation, and to drool over with the prospect of having one in your garage. So, why don’t you sit back, settle back and strap in as we begin.
- Morgan Plus 8 – It’s the only one. When any car enthusiast thinks of the UK, this has to be up there as one of the best ever. With an unmistakable roadster design, only a few of these iconic vehicles were manufactured – and partially from wood. Despite closing any build operations of the car in 2004, this sporting motorcar handles like a dream and would give even the contemporary sports cars a run for their money.
- Aston Martin DB7 – Known globally, this is a modern classic that needs to be looked after but will always be a great machine in the history of British cars. Do you have one on your drive, or do you need to use Netcars to find the DB7 you’ve always dreamed of?
- Lotus Elise – Without doubt, this is one of the finest British cars of all-time. The Elise was a Lotus but on another level in comparison to other models produced. Known for cutting out unnecessary weight and fine-tuning handling and performance, this is the pinnacle of their development. When it entered the market in 1996, this was a success for the return of an affordable British sports car.
- Bentley Continental GT – Forget about the VW ownership, the Bentley has always been, and will always be, a British car. It was the 1920s when the Blower Bentley hit the scene that many people talk about but the GT makes a statement of intent. Flash design and impeccable performance make it a British motor that we can all be proud of.
- Jaguar E-Type – Often called “the” British car; this is one of the most popular motors that to be rolled out across the globe. Hitting the streets in 1961, this car still has vintage style that means it is adored by everyone in Britain and it was able to touch 150 mph even back when it entered the market.
- Austin Mini – Now, MINI Coopers are dwarfed by most other automobiles, but the legend where it all started was anything but overshadowed by the fellow cars at the time. A fuel-efficient motor with a unique design found global appeal.
- Rolls-Royce Phantom – No ‘Best of British Cars’ list is complete without Rolls-Royce getting involved. The Silver Cloud II was a popular model but the Phantom is the ultimate in luxury sedans. It was even the official state car of Queen Elizabeth II – the Royal stamp of approval, if you will?
That’s your list for the seven Best of British Cars for reputation and performance. Honourable mentions go to Austin-Healey Sprite and Land Rover who do well not to make the list so apologies to those fans but they might make it next time!