Iconic British Cars of all Time

The story of the British car industry is one of the most interesting tales in car history. From as early as the 1800s, Britain has been designing and building cars. But what model is the best of the bunch?

The best of British cars are judged on sales and groundbreaking design. Without further ado, here are our top choices for the most iconic British cars of all time.

Austin Healey 3000 MkIII

The Austin-Healey 3000 is the very epitome of the classic British sports car. It was used from the mid-50s up to the early 70s. The new model was the most beautiful and powerful among the Big Healey models. It was also the last model to leave the production line before the company closed its doors in 1968.

A decent big Healey makes for brilliant driving, and it’s a great investment, too. It is also commonly known as the “Big Healey” due to the large 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine it boasts. In many ways, it is nothing short of a motoring icon. Subsequent prototypes refined the E-type’s shape and dimensions, and the car grew larger.

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar Etype epitomized the glamour and excitement of the swinging 60s. It redefined people’s expectations of what could be expected from a relatively affordable sports car. Three series of the car were produced over a period of 15 years. The car featured monocoque construction, independent rear suspension, and all-round disc brakes.

The E-Type is an improvement of the D-Type, with some details derived from the XK-SS. The all-round independent suspension ensured that the E-type rode as smoothly as it looked.

Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 has been dubbed the “world’s most famous car.” That is because a James Bond-spec Aston Martin DB5s was built for the 1965 movie Thunderball. The DB5 in Bond’s arsenal for Thunderball included twin Browning machine-guns. It’s as close as any Bond fan will get to driving the real deal.

Like the DB4 before, the DB5 was designed by Carozzeria Touring Superleggera from Milan. Buyers had the choice of either a ZF manual transmission or a BorgWarner automatic.

MG TC Midget

The most traditional is MG’s iconic 1945-1949 Midget Series “TC.” Within five weeks of the official end of the war in October 1945, The MG Car Company launched a new car. They were part of a tradition of sports cars built like WWI biplane fighters. As a result, it was quite similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same 1,250 cc engine.

Founded in the 1920s, the MG car manufacturers were renowned for their two-seater sports cars. The MG TC Midget and other early MGs featured a low chassis and sporty bodywork.

Sunbeam Tiger

Are you not able to buy a Shelby Cobra? The solution today is similar to what it was in 1964. The Sunbeam Tiger is an English iconic two-seater roadster, built during the 1960s. Nearly 7100 units were built until 1967 when Chrysler purchased the company. Over time, Sunbeam Tiger went from the rounded corners on the bonnet, boot, and doors to simpler square corners.

The car was designed in part by American car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby. This tiny sports car could barely fit a muscular V8, making it an exciting package. It was later modified specifically to run in the 1965 Targo Florio International FIA race.


When it comes to classic cars, Britain has left its mark on the industry. The country has produced a vast number of cars that could be considered among the greatest of all time. With such a storied history, it was always going to be difficult to select the most iconic British cars.

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