Timeline: British icons
Britain has has a long and iconic history of cars. Here are the greatest:
1959 - The Mini
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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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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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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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The most iconic Jaaaaaaaaaaaag? No, but up there. This is presence. Take note, Bemur & Merc.
1966 - The Ford GT40
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Little known, but this 'All American icon' was designed and built in the UK.
1967 - The Lotus Cortina
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The Lotus Cortina was not only a very successful race car, but also a beautiful classic.
1970 - The Range Rover
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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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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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This is probably my dream classic car. So effortlessly cool and stylish.
1990 - The Land Rover Defender
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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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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.