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Love is in the air so this week, we’re taking a look at our number one love – cars.
Over the decades, there’s beenplenty of incredible cars to get passionate about, but which have been your favourites? Trusted Dealers takes a look below at some of Britain’s best loved vintage cars.
The original Mini will always be considered as one of the British icons of the 1960s and a legendary car which made a significant impact when it came onto the market back in 1959. Offering a space-saving front wheel drive layout, the Mini was able to accomodate 80 per cent of the area of the car’s floorplan for passengers and luggage. Voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, the Mini was built by Sir Alec Issigonis who acted upon orders to design a fuel-efficient car, little did he know what a legend it would become. Enjoyed by celebrities and consumers alike, it even made a name for itself in the racing world!
The Ford Capri is a fastback coupe that developed a cult following since its launch in 1969, and despite production for the popular car ending in the 80s, recent polls have proved its still in high demand. The Capri started its life as a fastback and was offered with a wide variety of engines to include a 3.0-litre V6, until 1974 when it moved to a hatch body. By the time it ceased production in 1986, more than 1.8 million cars had been built. Since then, absence has definitely made our hearts grow fonder and there remains talk about whether Ford might bring the iconic car back – just like this year’s launch of the Ford Mustang.
First released in 1994, the Lotus Elise is still going strong – it’s simply a fabulously fantastic car – if you’ve got the cash to splash. Its unique image, fast pace and excellent performance is what has kept fans wanting more, and in comparison to other supercars, its relatively cheap too. The downsides are there is little room for luggage and the roof is fiddly to take off, but if you’re in it for the thrill of the drive, you won’t care! The success of the Lotus Elise was very much down to its founder, the late Colin Chapman who put Lotus on the map by obsessively cutting out all the unnecessary weight in his cars and fine tuning their performance and handling potential, producing what is essentially a genuine, reasonably affordable sports car.
Another legendary British made sports car is the Jaguar E-type. Released in 1961 , the E-Type was immediately popular thanks to its stylish looks, competitive pricing and high performance – Jaguar claimed 150mph was possible – and they weren’t off by much! Highly sought after is the 1961-64 models with covered headlamps and a 3.8-litre I-6 engine, which contributed to more than 70,000 sales during its short life between 1961 and 1975.
We couldn’t have a best-loved cars article without mentioning one of the most iconic and still current cars of all time, the Aston Martin DB5. Favoured by James Bond as his personal car in numerous films, including the latest film in the Bond franchise, Skyfall, this car never seems to age, in fact it just gets better. Even without all the 007 gadgets, the Aston Martin DB5 can achieve quite a lot with its 4.0-litre 282hp engine, reaching 0-60mph in just 8.1 seconds in 1963. Ceasing production in 1965, Aston Martins remain in high demand so cheap ones are hard to come by, but we think tey are definitely worth the spend.