Once again, the significance and importance of the Mini has been recognised by car enthusiasts from around the world – withAutocar magazine’s poll to find the greatest British car of them all returning a win for Issigonis’ masterpiece. The online poll was to celebrate the best cars produced by British workers, and the result means yet another accolade for Mini.
Thereal story is the list of cars that the Mini beat to take the honour – with the Jaguar E-type, McLaren F1 and Morris Minor falling-in behind. And interestingly, no cars from Ford, Vauxhall or Rover made the top 10, despite being among the best selling and most iconic UK-built motors ever.
The poll for Autocar comes as Britain prepares to produce more cars on these shores than at any other time in its history – signalling a new renaissance for the UK’s burgeoning car industry. Although most of the manufacturers are foreign owned, the likes of Toyota, Nissan, Land Rover and MINI are choosing the UK to mass produce models, mainly for export.
Autocar‘s editor-in-chief Steve Cropley said: ‘The Mini had many faults and was never profitable, but it rewrote the rules and had the biggest impact on Britain’s car industry that any car has had. It was one of the most remarkable cars ever built, what with its seating for four plus a decent boot in its mere 10-foot length. The Mini’s influence is highly visible in every VW Golf or Ford Focus today, and the legend will live forever.’
TOP 10 GREATEST BRITISH CARS
- Range Rover
- Jaguar E-type
- Land Rover
- McLaren F1
- Range Rover Evoque
- Caterham 7
- Morris Minor
- McLaren MP4-12C
- London Taxi
UK factory production in 2011
- Nissan – Sunderland – 480,485 cars
- Land Rover – Halewood/Solihull – 238,237 cars
- Mini – Oxford – 191,474
- Vauxhall – Ellesmere Port – 137,971
- Toyota – Burnaston – 128,146
- Honda – Swindon – 97,459
- Jaguar – Castle Bromwich – 49,932
- Bentley – Crewe – 7003
- Aston Martin – Gaydon – 4500
- Rolls-Royce – Goodwood – 3538
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