Jaguar E-Type Voted the Nation’s Favourite Classic Car

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Jaguar E-TypeThe British-made sports car secured 14% of the votes in a nationwide independent survey conducted by The Car Buying Service. Following close behind with 9% of the vote was the Mini Cooper 1275, while the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow came in third with 7%.

Also amongst the 'top 10' favourite classic cars were the VW Beetle oval window, 67 Ford Mustang and Porsche 356 – the full rundown can be found below.

Nic Carnell, Director at The Car Buying Service said: “We're especially passionate about our cars in the UK, particularly the sleek classics from back in the day – a time when the car industry was still in its infancy and innovative design and high speeds was the main priorities for many manufacturers.

“With the recent news that a rare version of the Jaguar E-Type had sold for a staggering £5 million, we wanted to find out what other classic cars were the nation's favourites.”

Phil Bell, editor or Classic Cars magazine, isn't surprised that the Jaguar E-Type topped the poll:

“The Jaguar E-type has the best classic car credentials, with sensuous looks, 150mph performance, advanced engineering and a shape that everyone recognises.

With its star-studded ownership history – from George Best to George Harrison – it's a cultural icon, a British one that took on the best in the world and won. And a launch price of just over £2000 – half the price of an Aston Martin DB4 – meant that all of that glamour seemed within reach of mere mortals. More than 50 years on it still has the looks to mesmerize and performance to excite anyone with an ounce of soul.”

The 'top 10' classic cars as voted for by the British public were:

1. Jaguar E-Type

  • Manufactured between 1961 and 1975, more than 70,000 Jaguar E-Type's were sold.
  • In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type was ranked first in The Daily Telegraph's online list of the world's 100 most beautiful cars of all time.
  • In 1996, The New York City Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type's design by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection – it's one of only six automobiles to receive this distinction.

2. Mini Cooper 1275

  • Phil Bell says: “Giant-killing performance and agile handling made the Mini Cooper a race and rally winner, and ensured that every road car owner felt like a driving hero. Celebrity owners and starring roles on the silver screen, including The Italian Job, did the rest.”
  • Madonna is a fan – "I love my Mini Cooper," she said in 2003. "I was too scared to drive a big car in London: the roads are so narrow and I'm always afraid I'm going to hit people on both sides."

 3. Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

  • Phil Bell says: “Nothing said success in the Sixties and Seventies like a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow for its clever blend of decadence and thoroughly British restraint.”
  • The model was going to be called "Silver Mist", a natural progression from its predecessor Silver Cloud. But the name was changed to "Silver Shadow" after Rolls Royce realised that "Mist" is the German word for manure, rubbish, or dirt.

4. VW Beetle oval window

  • 'Oval window' Volkswagen Beetles (which had an oval rear window), were produced between 1953 and 1957 as a follow up to the original 'split window' design.
  • As such, oval window models are much rarer than the later version, which had a more standard sized and shaped rear window.
  • In 1999, The VW Beetle came fourth in the international Car of the Century awards.

5. 67 Ford Mustang

  • The 1967 model year Mustang was the first redesign of the original 1964 model, and was larger with a new deluxe interior.
  • Mustangs grew larger and heavier with each model year until Ford returned the car to its original size and concept for 1974.

6. Porsche 356

  • This lightweight rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive two-door sports car was in production from 1948 to 1965.
  • The Porsche 356 was Porsche's first production automobile.
  • In 2011, approximately half of the 76,000 Porsche 356 cars originally produced, were estimated to have survived.

7. Ferrari F40

  • Launched in 1987 and was, at the time, the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car that Ferrari had made available to the public.
  • Produced to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary.
  • The last Ferrari to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari (who died a year after the F40 went into production).

8. Lamborghini Miura

  • At launch, the Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production road car available.
  • The car, which went into production in 1966, is widely considered to have sparked the trend for high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars.
  • Only 764 units of the car were built.

9. Morgan Plus 8

  • Flagship model for British car makers Morgan launched in 1968.
  • The Morgan is the only car featured in the vote where there are no current plans in place to cease production.

10. Land Rover Defender series 1

  • Launched in 1983.
  • In 1992, Land Rover claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they'd built were still in use.
  • In October 2013 Land Rover announced that, after a continuous run of 67 years, production of the Land Rover Defender would end in December 2015.