10 greatest British-built cars ever made are revealed

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The original Mini has been voted the greatest British-built car of all time by a panel of judges from across the automotive industry.

Top manufacturer bosses such as McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt and Citroen CEO Linda Jackson were asked to name their top 10 British-made cars, with the Mini pipping the Jaguar E-Type to top spot. The Land Rover Defender completed the top three.


Introduced in 1959, the original Mini was designed to be sold in the face of a fuel crisis. Designer Alec Issigonis was tasked with making a sub-10ft-long car with space for four, and his brilliant solution resulted in the small but spacious Mini we know and love today.

10 greatest British-built cars ever made are revealed

10 greatest British-built cars ever made are revealed

AA president Edmund King told motoring magazine Auto Express, which commissioned the survey: "There's only one choice for the top spot: the Mini. It's one of the most influential cars ever built, and lasted for decades with the design barely changed."

The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled just two years after the Mini, but its design brief could hardly have been more different. With a high-performance, 3.8-litre engine under the bonnet, it would quickly become an iconic sports car. At its unveiling at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car he'd ever seen.

The Land Rover Series and Defender ranges are arguably the most iconic 4x4s ever made. Built since 1948, the latter only went out of production last year.

Take a look at the gallery below to see the full top 10, which also features cars from McLaren, Ford and Lotus.