Britain has had a long love affair with the automobile. While reliability may not be their forte, their interpretation of what an automobile should be is unquestionably enjoyable. These cars are icons, staples in automotive history that other cars attempt to live up to, yet often fail. Britain has created some of the world’s most popular and sought after cars. Here are 12 of those cars:
12. Jaguar F-Type
The F-Type is new to the automotive arena yet still very British. In an attempt to reignite the passion for British roadsters, Jaguar has poured its soul in an attempt to create a car reminiscent of the popular Jaguar E-Type. While it may not have the curvaceous lines of the E-Type, the F-Type makes up for in performance and sound.
11. Bentley Continental GT
Big, powerful and seeping exuberance, the Continental GT is a modern take on the British grand touring car. The Continental GT offers no compromise in either performance or luxury and is the desire of many. Driving a Continental GT, you’ll understand why a large, two-door luxury yacht on wheels is so awesome.
10. Rolls-Royce Phantom
While the Continental GT is indeed powerful and luxurious, the Phantom takes it to a completely new level. Bespoke is what the Phantom stands for. Anything and everything on a Phantom can be made to order, even a humidor in the glove compartment. Now that’s luxury.
9. Land Rover Range Rover
Considered the British answer to the American Jeep, the Land Rover Range Rover combines unmatched off-road capabilities with leading luxury. Nothing screams Britain like wading through three feet of water, while the heated seat massagers’ work on the tight muscles in your back.
8. AC Ace
Originally, the AC Ace was a beautifully designed two-seat British roadster. Rising from the ashes of World War II, Britain looked for fun-to-drive sports cars and the years after the war are littered with them. To many, the AC Ace has amore prominent history in America, better known as the legendary Shelby Cobra.
7. Austin-Healey Sprite
Britain has a thing for small, affordable sports cars (there are numerous on this list). The first year of the design was iconic with its frog-eye front end that positioned itself into the history books of automotive greatness.