My favorite List of top best 10 British made cars of all time
If cars fantasize you more than anything else then you have come to the right place. This hub is about my list of top 10 British cars of all time. It might be possible that your list may be different from my list as I understand that each of us our own favorites. I have done a bit of research and checked various other list shared on the web to make sure that my list should be most close to your list. Cars in the list below may not be the best selling of their time but are definitely considered to be iconic and trend setter of their time.
So here goes, then list...
10. Austin-Healey Sprite
Number 10 in our list is 1958 built Austin-Healey Sprite. This small open sport car was nicknamed Frogeyes in UK and was know as Bugeyes in United States. It was intended to be affordable sport car which anyone can keep in his motor bike shed. This was designed by Donald Healey and was manufactured by BMC. It was nicknamed Frogeye or bugeye because early Mark I Sprite had its headlight were mounted over the bonnet. The latter edition Mark II, III and IV had conventional headlight.
Other details are:
Production period: From 1958 to 1971
Total Cars made: 129,347
Designer: Donald Healey
Car class: Small sports car
No of doors: 2 door
9. Morgan Plus 8
This is among the most iconic British car which was made till 2004. The Morgan Plus 8 was a sport car which will was built by car name Morgen in 1968. It was based on the modified version of Plus 4 and engine was based on Rover V8 which was bought from GM- Buick. although the car was designed in UK, it was most popular in United States. In fact its popularity in US made sure that it was made till 2004. However during 2000 when the safety regulation were changed, the import of Morgan Plus 8 was stopped.
Other details are:
Production period: 1968-2004
Manufacturer: Morgan Motor Company
Car class: Sports car
No or doors: 2 doors
8. Land Rover
Land Rover is one of the most loved British car. It was originally the name of one specific vehicle model made by Rover in 1948. However it became so popular that it developed in a marque of containing range of many four wheeler car models. Some of its famous brands are Range Rover, Range Rover sports, Range rover Evoque, Defender, Freelander and Discovery. It is currently owned by Tata Motors of India and is part of their JLR (Jaguar-Land Rover). Before that its has several owners including Leyland Motor Corporation, British Aerospace, BMW and Ford Motor.
Other facts about Land Rover are:
Current Owner: Tata Owner
Parent Company: Jaguar Land Rover
7. Lotus Elise
Lotus Elise, a two seater sports car was first launched in 1996 and was desined by Colin Chapman. It has a state of art fibre glass body and speed upto 250 Km/hour. The car was named after Elisa, the grand daugther of Ramano Artioli who was the chairman of the Lotus cars when this was launched in 1996. The most famous edition of the Elisa were 111S, 340R and Exige.
Elise received many prizes and acclaim for its performance and driving experience. It includes Best Driver Car by Autocar in 2001, Car of the Year by UK Horizons TV in 2003 and Best Sportscar by BBC Top Gear Magazine in 2004.
6. Bentley 4.5 liter
Bentley 4.5 litre, rolling chassic British sports car was first manufactured in 1927. It was most popular sport car in pre war era and was popular due to its slogan coined by its founder Walter Owen Bentley - 'there is no replacement for displacement'. A total of 720 4.5 liters were produced between 1927-1931 before replaced by 6.5 litres.
It won many races and did podium finish in that era. Some of them were '24 hours of Le Mans' in 1928 and 1929, French Grand Prix in 1930 and 500 miles of Brooklands in 1930.