The Greatest British Car Ever Made Is Glorious And Will Surprise No One

Classic Cars

Ridiculously cool then. Even cooler now.

The UK has churned out many wonderful cars over the decades, but there are only a few true standouts. Among them on the shortlist are the original Mini Cooper and Range Rover, Bentley Speed Six, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and, of course, the McLaren F1. But none of those were just voted as the Best British Car Ever in a recent worldwide poll. That honor belongs to the Jaguar E-Type. The poll, run by the inaugural Classic & Sportscar – The London Show, which runs through today at Alexandra Palace in Whitley, Coventry, UK, took into account thousands of votes.

The E-Type even beat out Jaguar’s own XKSS to win the top honors. According the Classic & Sports Car Magazine editor, James Elliot, "The E-Type has it all, looks to stop traffic even today and a driving experience that has stood the test of time…it is a car that seduces young and old and is a very worth winner and rightly the Best British Car Ever." Revealed at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type was an instant hit, but Jaguar initially planned to use it solely for racing, Jag’s test driver at the time, Norman Dewis, drove the show car nearly non-stop from Coventry to Geneva in order to make the show in time. 55 years later, Dewis was present for the E-Type’s honor. In fact, the oldest surviving open-top E-Type was displayed at the award ceremony.

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