British cars have a long history. Despite the rise of foreign brands in the 1970s and early 1980s, the UK remained a major market for British vehicles. For example, Peugeot, Renault and Citroen were especially popular in Britain. Other popular brands included Volvo, Volkswagen and Fiat.
The British brand Lotus has a rich history. Its founder Colin Chapman won Formula One championships with the company and produced great sports cars. Their motto was’simplify, add lightness’. It has since stopped making sports cars, but MG is now a popular manufacturer of affordable family cars.
Another British car that was a hit with consumers was the BMC Mini. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the mini remained one of the best-selling cars in the UK for more than 20 years after its launch. The Hillman Imp, produced by the Rootes Group, launched four years later. At the time, no other British car had a comparable design. Ford and Vauxhall had not yet created similar cars, so the Mini was a stand-out.
While Britain may no longer be known as an automotive hub, it still has a rich automotive heritage. British manufacturers have spawned several iconic brands known the world over. Some of the best-known British cars include classics such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Land Rover, and luxury models like the Jaguar XJ and Mini.
Aston Martin is perhaps the most famous British car brand. Its vehicles are crafted by hand in Gayden, Wales. Only about 5000 vehicles are produced each year. It would be hard to imagine James Bond driving anything else in the world, and driving one is an experience that stirs the soul.
The Land Rover range of luxury SUVs is another classic, and is a favorite of the British Royal family. The Range Rover Evoque is a smaller version and more affordable. Both cars have impressive off-road capabilities and are popular among families and professionals. These vehicles have long been symbols of wealth and status in the world.
The Aston Martin DB5 and the V8 Vantage are two of the most iconic cars produced in the UK. Other iconic models include the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre and Lotus Esprit. Other models produced by British companies include the Land Rover Defender and the McLaren F1 supercar. Famous British car designers include Ian Callum, Ale Issigonis and Charles Spencer King.