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Jaguar E-Type Voted The Greatest Car In The World

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Nobody will be shocked or surprised to hear that the Jaguar E-Type has come out on top in a poll to find the greatest car in the world. The Discovery Channel conducted the survey to celebrate the new season and 100th episode of its motoring programme 'Wheeler Dealers', in which 2,000 Brits were asked to nominate the best car of all time. The results put British made cars in eight of the top 10 spots.

Introduced in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type is regularly lauded as the most elegant and most iconic car ever made. In the Discovery Channel poll, it received 32% of all votes. The Mini came in second pace with 20% of the total amount of votes and the Porsche 911 was third on 18%. Survey participants were asked to choose from a list of 100 cars going back decades, with the Porsche 911 and Volkswagen Beetle the only foreign made cars to make it into the top 10. Luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin was a survey favourite, taking four places in the top 10 with the DB5, DB9, V8 Vanquish and the Vanquish.

Two other polls conducted at the same time named the Jaguar E-Type the greatest classic car ever and the Roadster version the greatest convertible of all time.

The Ferrari F40 was the first Italian car to make the list in 11th place and Ford managed to get four models in the top 25 - perhaps surprisingly the Capri was the blue oval's best performer in 17th place, then the Mustang came 19th and the Mk3 Cortina was named 20th best car ever. An expert from the TV series believes the results accurately reflect Britain's amazing auto heritage, full of stylish, original and all round excellent cars.

The classic car market is on something of a roll at the moment, with some popular, mass market creations starting to be included in a clique that used to represent only a very rarefied selection of vehicles. The VW Beetle, for example, a car most famous for its starring role as the 'Love Bug' of the 'Herbie Goes' films, ranked far higher in the poll than any BMW or Mercedes-Benz. The best Mercedes on the list was the high performance SLR McLaren grand tourer at 44th, while BMW's highest entry was 61st with the 3 Series. Four French cars managed to find favour in the top 100, with the Renault Clio Williams in 58th place and the Peugeot 205 GTI in 63rd showing how much Britain loves hot hatches.

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