Jaguar E-type wins worldwide poll as best British car

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The Jaguar E-type that debuted at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut car is taken out for a drive | Jaguar

Though it might seem like the ultimate no brainer for British car enthusiasts, the Jaguar E-type has been voted Best British Car ever in a worldwide poll run by the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, which took place this past weekend at Alexandra Palace in London.

The beautiful E-type, known in the U.S. as the XK-E, was the top vote getter, beating out such greats as the McLaren F1, Mini, Bentley Speed Six, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Range Rover, Jaguar XKSS and other British motoring icons.

“The E-type has it all, looks to stop traffic even today and a driving experience that has stood the test of time,” James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said in a news release. “More importantly than that, though, was that at the time you could not have bought more style and performance for the price. It is a car that seduces young and old, and is a very worthy winner and rightly the Best British Car Ever.”

The Jaguar E-type car was an instant hit when officially unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. The convertible show car – 77RW – was driven almost non-stop from Coventry, England, to Geneva by legendary Jaguar test driver, Norman Dewis OBE, who was a special guest at The London Show.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. I would absolutely agree. Definitely best Brit car!
    I think it would probably be in the top 5 of all sports cars from the 60s and in the top 3 if not number one for most beautiful sports car ever made.

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