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Most Loved British Classics

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Britain is a vintage car loving nation, with serious motoring fans hoping to come across a rusting old barn find and transform it into a concourse condition, million pound classic. A survey of more than 2,000 Brits has revealed a surprising list of favourite classics:

Land Rover Defender / S1

Loved by Winston Churchill, the utilitarian off roader was launched as the Series 1 in 1948 and became the Defender in 1983. Along the way it became an icon of British motoring thanks to its goat-like ability to go anywhere and its robust construction.

Morgan Plus 8

The Plus 8 started production in 1968 and, amazingly, is still going. It is a classic British sportsmobile - light, fast and elegant. Modern versions use a BMW 4.8 litre V8.

Lamborghini Miura

Famous for its show stopping looks, the Miura's profile was raised when it appeared in the film 'The Italian Job' in the Sixties. It is one of two Italian classics favoured by Brits, the other being...

Ferrari F40

A modern classic, the F40 was the ultimate petrol head’s dream in the Nineties. At the time it was the fastest Ferrari ever made and was created as part of the Italian firm's 40th birthday celebrations.

Porsche 356

Not the obvious choice, nor the only Porsche on the list, but the excellent and elegant 356 from 1948 was produced for nearly 20 years.

Ford Mustang

Specifically, the 1967 face-lifted version of the original pony car. The Mustang at this time was not officially available in the UK, so the classic car fans are referring to left hand drive imports.

Volkswagen Beetle

The presence of a Bug is no surprise but specific criteria in this case include the oval rear window model, made from 1953-1957, which was given the nickname of 'Zwitter'. A 1999 Car of the Century award winner, the Beetle was in that case driven into fourth place by the Ford Model T, the Mini and the Citroen DS.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Over supply made the Silver Shadow a surprisingly achievable classic car purchase, with good quality models going for below £10,000. The Silver Shadow helped to revive the fortunes of an ailing Rolls-Royce from 1965 and was produced in significant numbers, although fuel costs must be a consideration for buyers.

Mini Cooper

No favourite classics list is complete with the legendary Mini. The car for the people has been owned by everyone from royalty to film stars and the man or woman on the street.

Jaguar E-Type

The recipient of pretty much every classic car award in the world is instantly recognisable.

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