- Picture © Peter Mallett

Ok so we've all seen this before and I'm not certain this hasn't been done here recently so apologies if I'm boring you but it occurs to me that we are inundated with dream garages full of Ferraris, Maseratis etc. but not of those good old British cars. So, if you could pick one British built car from each decade and plug it into your vast garage which ones and why?

Starting with the 1950s there were many fantastic sports cars but not too many were that affordable even then. It led to Lotus building the Seven but the mainstream manufacturers were doing quite well. In this case I think I'd go for a Triumph TR3. Solid engineering and a robust engine. Not too expensive now.

Triumph TR3

Triumph TR3

Moving to 1960 we had the era of the Mini, MGB, Jaguar E Type, Triumphs in TR4 and 5 versions, Aston Martin's DB5 and 6 and all the specials that grew from them. I think overall I'd want the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato (as in the main photo) but being sensible, because only Clarkson can afford one of those, I'd have to stick with the MGB. Again good solid engineering, anyone can look after it and whilst not the fastest, 100MPH in an open top 1960's car is fast enough thank you.

© Hagerty Insurance

© Hagerty Insurance

Ok, so we are now into the 70's flares and Mullets, the time of the Capri and the Austin Maxi, the Marina, Chrysler's Avenger Tiger and of course the Rover SD1 in 3500 trim. We also had the TR6, and Reliant Scimitar, not forgetting the Morgan in Plus 8 guise. All of which were actually great fun cars (well except the Maxi) and so I'd go for the car I always promised myself. The Capri 3.0S.

La Source Spa Francorchamps

La Source Spa Francorchamps

Now to the 1980's and things started to get more technical. We had Ford's Sierra Cosworth, Vauxhall's Cavelier SRI and Astra GTE, Rover's SD1 was uprated to fuel injection and thus gained a few BHP and a great deep front spoiler. The Mini was still going strong and the 1275 GT was a great track weapon. But for me the one British car I'd love to own from that era has to be the Cossie, power and sheer fun.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/classic/meet-worlds-most-expensive-sierra-cosworth

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/classic/meet-worlds-most-expensive-sierra-cosworth

Aaaand finally. 1990 and what's on the menu? The Ford Escort Cosworth comes to mind but it was accompanied by the Probe of which "somebody" once suggested could snap knicker elastic at twenty paces. Frankly the 1990s were pretty dire for most British classic enthusiasts so it's a pretty short list. I'd plump for the very quick and fun handling Fiesta RS Mk 3.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/01/rare-rides-1991-ford-fiesta-rs-turbo-better-festiva/

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/01/rare-rides-1991-ford-fiesta-rs-turbo-better-festiva/

So what about you?

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