Britain has a fine history of making iconic vehicles, but which one should be named as the best British car of all time?
Weekly automotive magazine Auto Express decided it was time to put an end to the debate.
It roped in 10 industry bosses, including representatives from Aston Martin, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover, to create a definitive list of the most influential models made in the UK. So which car came out on top?
Can Jaguar grab the top spot? Scroll down to find out which cars came out on top
The judging panel was provided with a shortlist of 75 vehicles that rolled off UK production lines at one time or another, with each member asked to pick their top 10 based on sales, groundbreaking design and unbeatable performance.
THE JUDGING PANEL
Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren
Linda Jackson, CEO, Citroen
Adrian Hallmark, Group strategy director, JLR
Edmund King, President, AA
Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin
Jonathan Goodman, SVP corporate communications, Volvo
Duncan Aldred, VP, global Buick and global GMC
Andy Goss, Global sales director, JLR
Marek Reichman, Chief creative officer, Aston Martin
Ian Robertson, Director, BMW
The magazine said the results 'highlighted the sheer diversity on offer from Brit-built models' with the top 10 including low-cost runarounds, 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 findings paid tribute to some of the most iconic cars built in Britain - though we're not going to give away the results just yet.
Fowler said: 'This 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.
He added: '...the British automotive industry should be proud of its achievements and confident of the future.'
Can't bear the suspense any longer? Here's a run down of the cars that placed from 50th to 11th in the list followed by a closer inspection of the models that secured the top 10 places below. Make your prediction for number 1 now...
BEST OF BRITISH: 50 TO 11...
50. Triumph Herald
49. Vauxhall Astra Mk2
48. TVR Chimaera
47. Land Rover Freelander
46. Jaguar XJ6 Mk1
45. Ford Sierra
44. Vauxhall Viva
43. Rolls-Royce Dawn
42. Jaguar XF
41. Jaguar F-Pace
40. Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2
39. Rover SD1
38. AC Ace/Cobra
37. Bentley Continental GT
36. Ariel Atom
35. Vauxhall 30/98
34. Triumph Stag
33. Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
32. Jaguar F-Type
31. Jaguar XK120
30. Range Rover Evoque
29. Austin Healey 3000
27. Land Rover Discovery Mk1
26. Ford Cortina Mk1
25. Morris Minor
24. Aston Martin Vanquish
23. Jensen Interceptor FF
22. Jaguar Mk2
21. Aston Martin DB11
20. Delorean DMC12
19. Austin Seven
18. MINI (2000-present)
17. McLaren 570S
16. McLaren P1
15. Jaguar XJ220
14. Lotus Esprit
13. Aston Martin DB9
12. Lotus Elan Mk2
11. Nissan Qashqai
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10. Lotus Elise, 1996-2001
Cars like the Elan and Esprit established Lotus, but the Elise defined the brand as a forward thinker and established the name for years to come.
It was extremely lightweight, thanks to the aluminium chassis that was glued together instead of welded - some superminis weigh more. The Elise model remains on sale today, using a formula the first generation car created.
9. Ford Escort Mk1, 1967-1975
Ford needed a replacement for the ageing Anglia in the late sixties, and this was it.
The Escort offered low cost family motoring with a rear-wheel drive layout and a four-cylinder engine up front. But it's also fondly remembered for being one of the original Fast Fords, with cars like the RS2000 arriving on the back of rallying success.
8. Caterham/Lotus Seven, 1957-present
It's testament to how good a car is when you see that it's been on sale for 60 years.
The Seven originally arrived as a kit car, with Lotus founder and F1 genius Colin Chapman creating it as part of his pursuit to prove that lightweight was a key element to being fast. Caterham bought the rights to the Seven in 1973 and has been making them ever since.
7. Ford GT40, 1964-1969
The GT40 became an icon of racing after it ended Ferrari's Le Mans dominance by winning four of the 24-hour races on the bounce in the late 60s.
But this iconic American racer wasn't an American-built car. The endurance machine, packing a 4.7-litre V8, was originally created by a crack team of British engineers, though success only came when famous tuner Carroll Shelby got his hands on the failing design.
6. Range Rover Mk1, 1970-1996
The first Range Rover is still being celebrated today - Land Rover recently decided to refurbish a bunch of the original cars to sell for £135,000, which is £133,000 more than they cost some 47 years ago.
The Mk1 combined a V8 engine, four-wheel drive and coil sprints - a blend that made it supremely capable off-road and equally usable on the road day-to-day. Since its incarnation, the model has had royal connections (see picture above of a visit to RAF Honington in 1979) and continues to do so to this day.
5. McLaren F1, 1992-1998
From an all-purpose 4X4 to an all-conquering hypercar. The McLaren F1 set standards that were previously unseen when it arrived in 1992 - no surprise when you consider it resulted from a project using the talented mind of car designer Gordon Murray and the performance know-how of Ron Dennis' F1 team.
Powered by a 6.1-litre V12, the F1 weighed only 1,138kg and offered formidable performance. A top speed of 240mph shattered previous records, as did the £500,000-plus asking price. Just 106 were ever made.
4. Aston Martin DB5, 1963-1965
Would the DB5 be so highly acclaimed if it wasn't for James Bond? We'll never know. But there's no arguing that it is one of the most achingly good looking cars to ever be created, and not just in the UK.
Powered by a 4.0-litre straight-six producing 282bhp – or 315bhp in the Vantage - 007 clearly made a wise choice. It was produced in low numbers, though - just 1,059 were ever made over two years - which goes a long way to explain why they sell for astonishing fees today.
3. Land Rover Series/Defender, 1948-2016
Last year's final run of Defenders (see the picture above of the last car to emerge from the assembly line) was a momentous occasion, pulling down the curtain on 68 years of production.
Created after the Second World War and modelled on military jeeps, the Defender received few additions over the years. While it evolved into something a little more refined by the turn of the century, even the cars produced last year remained fairly simple and basic. It was once the ultimate utilitarian vehicle - now it's extremely collectible.
2. Jaguar E-Type, 1961-1975
Enzo Ferrari said the E-Type was the most beautiful car he'd ever seen when it first arrived in 1961 - praise doesn't come much better than that, does it? But the E-Type was more than a beauty on the outside.
With sophisticated independent suspension, a monocoque body and a full serving of disc brakes, the chassis could cope with the 265bhp being fed to the rear wheels by a 3.8-litre motor. It was around half the price of a Ferrari or Aston Martin of the time and went on to become a successful racer. Get one today and it's destined to be worth a small fortune.
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1. Mini, 1959-2000
There was never any doubting it, was there?
The Mini is the deserving winner. It was more than a vehicle - it was a life-changer, bringing affordable motoring to the masses from the late fifties and became a model that touched multiple generations of owners.
Not only did it show that a small car could be big on the inside, maximising the interior space to make it a viable family motor, but it also dominated race series on and off tarmac during a marathon 41-year production run.
Auto Express, which fully detailed each car in the top 50 run down, said: 'By the time the Mini was replaced, 5.3million had been built. It had become a convertible, estate, van and pick-up. Minis were once as common as lampposts on UK roads.
'Now the originals are cherished classics that raise a smile from everyone. They still dominate classic motorsport, too. No wonder our experts said the mighty Mini is the mightiest British car of all time.'
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