10 Of The Best British Cars Ever Made

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It’s approaching St. George’s Day (23 April) so what better way to celebrate the occasion than by looking at some of the best British cars to have graced God’s green Earth?

Read on to find out which cars we rate are the ‘best of British’!


1. Mini MK1

Mini MK1

In our opinion, the MK1 Mini is easily the best British car of all time. Characterised by its compact design, sliding windows, pronounced ‘moustache’ grille and with a phenomenal ability to be versatile, the original Mini is a popular choice for classic car fans, too. Don’t be surprised to see one zipping about the British countryside on a hot day.

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2. Jaguar E-Type

Red Jaguar E-type, Lower Slaughter, UK.

As far as British sports cars go, the Jaguar E-Type is one of the best examples of how automotive engineering can nail the design and performance of a vehicle.

It was that cool, Steve McQueen, George Best, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger and Jackie Stewart all owned one.


3. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover 110 Defender orange Special Edition on the Paraty-Cunha road.

One of the best off-road British vehicles money can buy, the original Land Rover Defender was produced in 1983 and came with a bucketload of features that were super modern at the time and put it far ahead of the competition.


This includes:

  • Coil springs, offering a more compliant ride and improved axle articulation
  • A permanent four-wheel-drive system derived from the Range Rover, featuring a two-speed transfer gearbox with a lockable centre differential
  • A modernised interior
  • A taller one-piece windscreen
  • A new series of progressively more powerful and modern engines

4. Aston Martin DB5

Silver Aston Martin DB5 sports car

James Bond isn’t what made the Aston Martin DB5 one of the great British automotive heavyweights; it was a great car within its own right.

Only 1,059 DB5s were made in a two-year period. With its incredible 4.0-litre straight-six that produces a whopping 282bhp, plus tidy handling and an iconic style, what more could you want from a sports car?


5. McLaren F1


Now here’s a proper supercar – only 106 McLaren F1s were ever made, and when it came out it was a true trend-setter. It has a massive V12, top speed of 240mph and seriously good aerodynamics that, combined, make this car born for the track.

To this day, the McLaren F1 remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the entire world.


6. Range Rover MK1


Another car to make this list that has incredible off-roading ability, the original Range Rover came with a V8 engine, coil springs and permanent four-wheel-drive, making it formidable when faced with any terrain.


7. Ford GT40

Ford GT40

The MK1 Ford GT40 had a British-built chassis, made in Slough, and is incredibly famous for its back-to-back wins at the 24-hour race at Le Mans, where it was driven by British racecar driver and engineer, John Wyer.


8. Caterham Seven

Caterham Seven

Another classic car that you’ll undoubtedly see running around your local town/village/city when there’s a rare sunny day in the UK. The Caterham Seven was originally a kit car and has been on sale for more than 60 years, and was most renowned for being super light (545kg to be exact), while a wide wheelbase and having power of at least 180bhp meant incredible fast, stable performance that inspires confidence.


9. Ford Escort MK1

Ford Escort MK1

It was one of the best rallying cars of all time in its second generation, the Ford Escort MK1 launched in the late 1960s, replacing the Anglia. It was continually the best-selling car in Britain, thanks to its low running costs and conventional mechanical setup that made it super easy and enjoyable to live with.


10. Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

Another extremely lightweight design thanks to the way it was glued together instead of being welded together, you can still get hold of the Lotus Elise today. If you’re into your minimalist driver-centric cars, this model is right up your street.

Throw in the car’s signature winged front design and low aerodynamic standing, and you’ve got yourself a real purist’s car with the Elise.


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