British sports cars are some of the most iconic cars in the world. Known for their luxury and beauty, these automobiles are what dreams are made of. Here is a list of five of the most iconic British sports cars ever:
The Jaguar E-type was introduced in 1961 and was manufactured until 1975. Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-type “the most beautiful car ever made”. Glamourous and exotic as they were, these cars were made with 3.8-litre inline six-cylinder engines that could also perform — with maximum speeds of 241 km/h.
The Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 is sometimes called “the most famous car in the world.” It was featured as James Bond’s car in the 1964 film Goldfinger. This car was the epitome of luxury for its time period. It had electric windows, leather trim, and wool pile carpet. It even included a fire extinguisher for emergencies. Aston Martin released a high-performance version of the DB5 in 1965 that could go from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds.
The Morgan 4/4 was first produced in 1936 and is still produced today, making it the longest running production car in the world. Like many iconic British sports cars, the Morgan 4/4 is beloved for its appearance rather than its performance. In fact, the Morgan 4/4 could only reach about 75 mph, but it is still one of the most iconic British sports cars ever made.
The Jaguar XK-120 began as nothing but a concept car in 1948 but received such a strong reaction from the public that Jaguar decided to put them into production. The first ones were made with aluminium bodies but demand was higher than expected, so later models were made with pressed steel. Their motors are sometimes described as “jewel-like.”
The Sprite, also known as the Frogeye, was first produced in 1958. The Frogeye name came from the design of the headlights, which sit on the bonnet of the car and were originally supposed to retract. However, the cost of manufacturing the retracting headlights was too high, so the idea never came to fruition. Interestingly, the car also had no door handles on the outside but instead required one to reach inside the vehicle to open the doors.
There you have it—five of the most iconic British Sports Cars of all time.