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Are These The Best British Cars Ever?

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London gets a new motor show this autumn in the form of the Classic & Sports Car - The London Show event. To help build excitement, the show's organisers have asked the public to choose the best ever British car.

Classic car fans are being asked to vote from a shortlist of ten, selected by 100 experts, including Formula One racer designer, Gordon Murray, motoring journalist, Simon Taylor and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. The winner will be announced at the opening of the show on 30 October at Alexandra Palace.

Austin Seven

Britain's answer to Henry Ford's Model T, the affordable and practical Austin Seven brought motoring to the masses. 290,000 units were built from 1922-1939, changing the landscape of motoring in the UK.

Bentley Speed Six

The British luxury firm's most successful racer won at Le Mans in 1929 and 1930, thanks to a six cylinder, 6.6 litre engine with 180bhp.

Ford GT40

It may have American backing but the GT40 was thoroughly British in design and build, emanating somewhat incongruously from Slough, Berkshire. It was created to break Ferrari's domination in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which it did very successfully, going on to win four times.

Jaguar E-Type

The default choice in most 'best British car / best sports car / most beautiful car' lists sold 70,000 units from 1961-1975 and is one of the most iconic and recognisable cars ever built.

Jaguar XKSS

Arguably even more beautiful than the E-Type, the XKSS made the D-Type racer road legal. Only 25 were ever made, of which nine were destroyed in a factory fire at Browns Lane in 1957.

Lotus Seven

The most perfectly simple but sublime sports car was designed by Colin Chapman in 1957 and on the end of production in 1972 was taken over by Caterham. The Seven is still on sale today, thanks to its supremely entertaining driving dynamics.

McLaren F1

For a long time the fastest car in the world, the F1 is still the favourite of supercar purists, reaching 62mph in 3.2 seconds and capable of 240mph. It pioneered a number of innovative engineering techniques and changed the supercar market forever.


Quite simply the most famous small car in the world, of which over 5.3 million were made.

Range Rover

The car that launched the luxury off roader segment, as at home in Kensington or Chelsea as in a muddy field.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The most innovative car of its era, the Silver Ghost was luxurious, reliable and refined beyond anything else on the road at the time.

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