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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Credit - Forza wiki

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

      9 months 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.

      9 months ago
  • What a fantastic list of British cars. All legendary ๐Ÿ‘

      9 months ago
  • The double decker London bus and london taxi. Both pretty iconic. Oh, and donโ€™t forget the Jensen Interceptor and AC Ace, aka Shelby Cobra. Great list of some amazing automobiles! Love my 89โ€™ Range Rover.

      9 months ago
  • Morgan, Caterham, Austin Healey 3000... too many British icons to count

      9 months ago
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