Humans have gone a long way over many ups and downs, constantly pursuing in their endeavor to succeed. In this journey, they have left behind a myriad of memories. This philosophy applies within the automobile industry as well. From the day Stevenson invented the steam engine, tremendous leaps have been made by the engineers in redefining the concept of traveling. Every year a new type of engine is being launched. Today you may see a car and tomorrow it would have become history, as a new car gets launched. So, it appears that the cars don't occupy a deeper space within a man's memories. But, memories can surely be created. The purpose of this article is exactly the same. So, it is expected that the journey through this article would be nostalgic and worthwhile. So, guys, get ready for a journey to the past and witness the 10 greatest cars ever built in Britain.
1. Austin-Healey Sprite
It was designed by Donald Healey Motor Company and was released in 20 May, 1958 by British Motor Corporation (BMC) in Monte Carlo. The Donald Healey Motor Company received royalty from the manufacturers of BMC. It was a low-cost sports car intended to supplement the Austin Seven sports cars, that were soon released after the end of War. The distinctive feature of this design was that the engine was made combining the advantageous features of Austin A-Series along with other sports car engine as well. Due to the distinct headlights over the bonnet, these were called Bugeye in the United States and Frogeye in the United Kingdom.
2. Lotus Elise
It is a two-seat, rear wheel drive developed by English car manufacturer Lotus Cars and was released in September 1996. It is a mid-engined roadster. It has a hard-finished fibre-glass body, mounted over extruded aluminium chassis that provides a rigid platform, thereby keeping the cost of material and production low. It can attain maximum speed of 150 mph. The naming of this car also has a special history. The name stands for grand-daughter of Romano Artioli, the chairman of Lotus. Her name was Elisa.
3. Jaguar XK120
It was a sports car, developed and manufactured by Jaguar during the time period of 1948 to 1954. It was the first sports car launched by the company after the War and after the first sports car SS100, which ceased to be produced after 1940. It could attain speed of 120 mph. It was available in two convertible options. Firstly the Drop-head coupe and secondly Fixed- head coupe. The Drop-head coupe is provided with luxurious wooden interiors and many other wooden features.
4. Bentley 4½ Litre
It is a British Sports Car built by Bentley motors.It gives a power of 240 bhp, thus making it a stunning sports car. To highlight its importance, the owner Walter Owen Bentley had given a famous slogan which still echoes our head as a charm of engineering. It was one of the heaviest racing car to participate in the Grand Prix Racing and it won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1928 as well as in 1929.
5. Jensen Interceptor
It's a GT-Class sports car hand-built in the United Kingdom by Jensen Motors during the timeline of 1966 and 1976. The unique feature of this model in comparison to other Jenson car was that it was made of steel body shell, rather than glass-reinforced plastic. The body was designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy. The original specifications had electric windows, reclining front chair, etc. It had V8 6276cc engine. It also had reversing lights and an electric clock
6. Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was launched in 1959. It was the first car to be launched by Rolls-Royce which had a V8 engine. It was the primary design of the company during the1950s. It replaced Silver Dawn, which was then replaced by Silver Shadow. It had a 6230cc V8 engine which gave it a top speed of 115mph.
7. Aston Martin DB5
Released in 1963, it was named after the head of Aston Martin, David Brown. It was an evolution of the final series of DB4. It became famous for being the first James Bond Car. Standard features on the DB5 were reclining seats, pile carpets, electric windows as well as a fire extinguisher. It appeared in many James Bond movies.
8. Jaguar E-Type
It was Manufactured by Jaguar between 1960s. Its combined performance and aesthetics and competitive pricing established it as an icon of 1960s motoring. The E-type was landmark for Jaguar. In March 2008, the E-type ranked among the 100 most beautiful cars ever built.
The MG car company is a UK based sports car manufacturing company. The MGB was released by MG Cars in 1962 as a replacement for the MGA. It was a renowned two-seat open sports cars. It was capable of 0-60 mph by the time you finish reading this line. The major advantage of this car was that it was easy to control. It also has a controlled crumple zones, which is designed in a way that it can protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph impact.
10. Austin Healey 3000 MkIII
It's a British sports car built during 1959 to 1967. It is the best Healey car ever built. The body was made by Jensen Motors and the assembly was done at the BMC Abingdon works. It had marvelous interiors. It was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies. It is still used in competitions by sports enthusiasts.