Timeline: British icons

Britain has has a long and iconic history of cars. Here are the greatest:

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1959 - The Mini

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Image Credit - Mini

Is anything more iconic than seeing an original Mini in red with a Union jack on the roof?

1961 - The E-Type

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Image Credit - Jaguar

The car that Enzo Ferrari called the 'most beautiful car in the world' definitely earns its place on this list. It is definitely an all-time classic.

1963 - The Aston Martin DB5

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Image Credit - Car and Classic

Not only known for it's place in James Bond, but a beautiful car in it's own right.

1966 - The Jaguar 420G

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Image Credit - Drive

The most iconic Jaaaaaaaaaaaag? No, but up there. This is presence. Take note, Bemur & Merc.

1966 - The Ford GT40

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Image Credit - Ford

Little known, but this 'All American icon' was designed and built in the UK.

1967 - The Lotus Cortina

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Credit - Car and Classic

The Lotus Cortina was not only a very successful race car, but also a beautiful classic.

1970 - The Range Rover

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Credit - Land Rover Centre

This car, and the evolutions that have come after it, are a major icon of British engineering. The stateliness that this car carries has turned it into a symbol of success.

1975 - The Lotus Esprit

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Image Credit - BeamNG

James May drove a stunning specimen of this car in Patagonia, and that opened my eyes to how cool this supercar really is. It is the epitome of wedgy super car design.

1977 - The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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Credit - Fiskens

This is probably my dream classic car. So effortlessly cool and stylish.

1990 - The Land Rover Defender

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Credit - Wikipedia

This is the iconic off-roader, the only car that will get you across the Sahara, or the Antarctic without modification. This is one of the best moments in British car history. Full Stop.

1996 - The Lotus Elise

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Weighing only 750kg, the Lotus Elise is perhaps the best driving car ever. And original models still look modern today, thanks to space age design.

2003 - The Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB9 and Rolls Royce Phantom VII

What a great year for British car icons. The athletic, sleek DB9, the stately Phantom and the powerful Conti GT.

2004 - The TVR Sagaris

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Credit - Autotrader

The TVR Sagaris is a brute that's not in a suit. No driver aids or diluting of experience. Just a pure British Muscle car.

2013 - The Jaguar F-Type

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Finally, the F-Type. A modern, well-deserved icon.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Comment any cars you would add below. Thanks for reading.

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Comments (12)

  • You missed the Mclaren f1

      1 year ago
  • Missed the Ford Transit van without it being designed and developed in the UK it wouldn't have been seen in all parts of the world including the USA.

      1 year ago
  • What a fantastic list of British cars. All legendary 👍

      1 year ago
  • The double decker London bus and london taxi. Both pretty iconic. Oh, and don’t forget the Jensen Interceptor and AC Ace, aka Shelby Cobra. Great list of some amazing automobiles! Love my 89’ Range Rover.

      1 year ago
  • Morgan, Caterham, Austin Healey 3000... too many British icons to count

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