The Queen, a cup of tea, red telephone boxes, scones, buttered crumpets, bowler hats, being overly polite, Stonehenge, Tower Bridge, a roast dinner and the Royal Navy. All of these things are quintessentially British and globally recognise for being so. Today it is St George’s Day in England and to celebrate we have created list of the Top 5 English Cars.
5. Lotus Esprit
The Lotus Esprit was unveiled at the 1975 Paris motor show and wowed the crowds with its sharp wedge shape. A fibreglass body ensured Collin Chapman’s “add lightness” philosophy lived on. Originally powered by a 2.0 litre engine with 160BHP, the Lotus Esprite claimed a 0-60MPH time of 6.8 seconds. in 1977 it stared in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” where it famously transformed into a submarine. Keen handling and those handsome looks ensured that its production run, through various generations, spanned until 2004.
4. McLaren F1
Holding the record for fastest road production car for over a decade, the McLaren F1 is a genius design. Penned by Gordon Murray, this V12 powered carbon fibre monocoque legend utilised Formula One technology for the road. 626BHP propelled three occupants on to 240MPH. It is still considered one of the greatest cars of all time.
3. Jaguar E-Type
Now this truly is an automotive icon! Proclaimed by none other than Enzo Ferrari as bingeing “the most beautiful car in the world” the E-Type Jaguar deservedly has a place in our Top 5 English cars. The success of this car was so great that it went on for 13 years. Aside from its eye catching form, the E-Type also handled fantastically. Read about our antics with a Jaguar E-Type HERE.
2. Aston Martin DB5
One of the most famous cars in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 will forever be remembered as James Bond’s weapon of choice. It launched in 1963 with devilishly handsome looks and a 282BHP 4.0 litre engine. According to Aston Martin the DB5 would do 143MPH. 1964 added a Vantage variation with Webbers and 315BHP.
The original Mini was classless. Bought by celebrities and the masses alike, this cheeky little motor won the hearts of a nation. It was cheap, fun to drive with go-kart handling, and even won the Monte Carlo rally. The very last original Mini rolled off of the production line in 2000 after a run of 41 years. Read why we think the Mini is the “Greatest Car of All-Time” HERE.