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Top Four Legendary English Cars

Updated on December 17, 2015

The British automotive industry is famous for some of the world famous cars with their stylish look, exceptional performance, tough framework and innovative features. Some of the premium and sports cars are listed below that are known as the most iconic automobile productions in the British car industry.

Jaguar E-Type

In March 1961, when the E Type Jaguar was introduced at the Geneva Motor show, it grabbed the attention of the whole world unlike any other car. It had a strikingly sleek bodywork, mind-blowing performance and impressive handling which left everyone in awe. The gorgeous and powerful two seater sports car consisted of a 3.8 litre version of the 6 cylinder double overhead camshaft XK engine with a manual four speed gearbox. It had an independent suspension all round and the rear suspension featured twin coil spring and damper units. Modifications to the E type took place in 1964 which consisted of the fitting of bigger 4.2 litre XK engine, improved headlamps, an all synchromesh gearbox and an alternator.

Further changes kept on taking place in the car model for better performance and comfortable seating however, in 1971, the final incarnation of the E-Type The series 3 V12, was introduced. It consisted of longer wheelbase 2+2 bodywork and was available as both, a 2+2 fixed Head Coupe or as a Roadster. The most significant external differentiating factors were the addition of a chrome grille, flared wheel arches and a cooling scoop in the front valance.

Aston Martin DB 5

Although the car shares most of its traits with DB4, yet it is regarded as the most beautiful Aston Martin model produced. The most considerable changes however have occurred under the bonnet of DB5 which differentiate this model from DB4.

The capacity of the engine was increased to 4 litres by enlarging the bore to 96 mm. Besides, the car consisted of three SU carburetors, just like those fitted in the outgoing DB4 Vantage. Besides, they introduced a full synchromesh ZF 5 speed gearbox which was a significant change.

The framework changes consisted of the adoption of the Girling disc brakes (which only used to be a part of DB4GT chassis) and 15” wheels. Other modifications included electric windows and twin hydraulic brake servos.

DB5 offered variants with DB5 Vantage and Convertible available. Vantage came with 3 Weber carburetors and dissimilar camshafts to enhance performance, whereas the Convertible offered an optional hard steel top. An exclusive batch of DB5s was manufactured as ‘shooting brakes’ by coachbuilder, Harold Radford which a sportsman interprets as a modern ‘estate’ car.

Bentley 4½ Litre

The Bentley 4½ Litre is one of the most famous British cars manufactured by Bentley Motors, modeled upon a rolling chassis. The 3 Litre Bentley was replaced by the stronger and more powerful automobile by raising its engine displacement to 4.4 L (270 cu in).

The buyers of Bentley cars usually used them for personal transport and arranged for the new frameworks to fit with different body styles, usually saloons or tourers. The car was heavy, weighing almost 1625 kg (3,583 lb) and spacious, measuring 4,380 mm (172 in) in length with a 3,302 mm (130.0 in) wheelbase. It still remained well balanced and steered smoothly despite the weight. However, the four gears of the manual transmission were unsynchronized which required skills to drive. The sturdiness of the chassis made of hard steel, reinforced with ties was required to support the weighty cast iron inline-four engine.

The engine speed was restricted to 4,000 rpm whereas a single overhead camshaft activated four valves per cylinder which was inclined at 30 degrees. Being a technically advanced design in those days when most of the automobiles consisted of only two valves per cylinder. It was driven by bevel gears located on a vertical shaft at the front of the engine like that on the 3 litre engine.

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender is known as one of the most recognizable four wheel drive which became an icon right from the start. The toughness and robust structure of the car made it stand out and perfect for all sort of terrains. Being used for some of the most challenging expeditions, it has earned itself a reputation of the being the legend on seven continents. It combines strength, capability, sturdiness and reliability in one automobile. It is available in eight core body styles and three different wheelbase lengths while a variety of extras enable further personalization.

The maximum gradient of 45 degrees enables the four wheel drive to tackle extreme climbs with ease. Besides, the most inhospitable terrains can be handled by the 250 mm axle ground clearance. The towing weight of the vehicle is 3500 kg and the emergency services around the world depend upon this powerful vehicle’s towing capability and weight limit.


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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Certainly a nation with a rich automotive history. I just love the Jaguar E type. So iconic.


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