Original Mini Is The UK’s Favourite British Car
The original Mini was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and quickly became an instant sensation when it launched in 1959, and went on to become an iconic symbol of Britain in the 1960’s. More than 5.3 million of them were sold over their 40 year production period, and they were made even more famous through TV and films like The Italian Job (1969).
Autocar editor Chas Hallett said, “It comes as little surprise that the original Mini has topped the list of all-time British greats. It 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.”
Lotus was the most popular manufacturer, as the Norfolk based company had 7 of their cars in the top 100. Hallett says, “It’s no surprise that a manufacturer that is held in such high regard tops the list of manufacturers. Over the years, Lotus has produced some wonderful examples of British engineering, so it is a worthy winner of such a prized accolade.”
The Top 10 British Cars Of All Time
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
The results showed featured a mix of old classics, modern cars which have been highly popular over the last decade and the ultimate supercars which Britain is still able to compete on with the likes of Germany and Italy – home to many of the world’s biggest manufacturers.
The list also shows the diversity of British cars over the years and how our preferences have changed over this time. How we buy are cars has also changed considerably since the release of the original Mini, as today there are now many more options you can take with contract hire and personal contract purchase schemes now available which give people better choice when choosing their next vehicle.
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