Tuesday, 01 November 2016 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
The British car industry has seen a rise in recent years, which is nice to see considering its long history. To celebrate this rise we’re looking at some of Britain’s best classic cars, from the luxury Aston Martin to the compact Mini.
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Let us start with the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Like many British classic cars the DB5 has been a regular feature in many Bond films. Despite appearing in Goldfinger in 1964 the car was produced in 1963 offering a top speed of 143mph, 4.0lt engine and 282 horsepower, which for the 60’s wasn’t bad!
The DB5 may be over 50 years old but its class and sophistication lives on. This car went on to inspire the DB collection with the DB9 resembling its elegance.
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From a car Bond himself would drive to the villainous vehicle only the coolest of bad guys would be seen in. Today’s Sedan’s and Drophead Coupe’s have the look but are not yet legends like their predecessor.
The Silver Cloud II is one such legendary car. In 1959-1962 Rolls-Royce stunned buyers with the release of the Silver Cloud II which had a 6.2 litre, V-8 engine – the car had more than just looks. But who knows maybe it’s not the mechanics maybe it’s the 24 carat gold Spirit of Ecstasy that make Rolls-Royce so iconic.
After Rolls Royce you have to mention Bentley, intertwined during the 1930s the two brands offer some of the most luxurious vehicles available. We’re looking at the classic Bentley 4.5 litre Blower, a classic car known for its racing abilities.
The Blower had a maximum speed of 120mph and accelerated from 0-60 in 8 seconds. This car is truly legendary and its design is the perfect mix of sophistication and sporting genius.
Jaguar is one of Britain’s best-loved car brands and with so many classics it’s hard to choose just one to take the spotlight. Nonetheless we’ve done just that with the 1961 E-Type. Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this car took the world by storm – finally you could get a more affordable version of the Aston Martin DB4.
With the motorway being introduced with no overall speed limit the UK was a car lover’s dream and the E-Type’s maximum speed was 150mph! This car was welcomed by motorists everywhere as a more affordable luxury car, rather than the highly expensive Aston Martin DB4 and Ferrari 250 GTs.
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It may not be a Bond car, more The Italian Job (still a great film) but this is one of the best cars to come out of Britain. Some believe the Mini was ahead of its time when released in the early 60’s, suited to the quaint roads of Britain it was perfect for getting around.
The original Austin Mini is often people’s favourite with newer versions not quite matching up. It was the unique design and versatility that made the Mini iconic.