The Brits have named their Top 10 cars of all time.

The UK’s biggest selling weekly car magazine Auto Express called on the country’s industry leaders to help put the list together.

Following a rigorous voting process, the original Mini was named as the best British-built car of all time, seeing off competition from the Jaguar E-Type and Land Rover Defender.

With a shortlist of 75 models that rolled off production lines in the UK, judges were asked to pick their top 10 based on sales, groundbreaking design or unbeatable performance.

Votes were received from industry big-hitters including Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and BMW’s sales and brand board member Ian Robertson.

The results highlighted the sheer diversity on offer from Brit-built models with the top 10 including economy runabouts, all-terrain tackling off-roaders, two-seater sports cars, record-breaking exotica and even a humble family saloon.

Auto Express Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said the survey is a reminder of how many iconic cars Britain has produced over the years.

“So many of our Top 50 cars redefined segments and pushed the boundaries of what was possible,” Fowler said.

“The spirit of innovation which created models as diverse as the Mini, E-Type and Defender continues today and the British automotive industry should be proud of its achievements and confident of the future.”

Best of British Top 10

  • Mini
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Aston Martin DB5
  • McLaren F1
  • Range Rover Mk1
  • Ford GT40
  • Caterham/Lotus Seven
  • Ford Escort Mk1
  • Lotus Elise

Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.