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JamesWilson
08-29-2006, 03:38 AM
AOL is running a poll to find the "Best of British":

https://motoring.aol.co.uk/article.adp?id=20060810063009990006

Its mostly modern cars with an old bus, though the AC Cobra and modern Caterham 7 might qualify as old-style sports cars, though I'm not sure where I'd put the "new" Morgan...

No mention of MG, or Triumph, or Healey, or even Jaguar...

I think I'll vote for the bus in protest. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Baz
08-29-2006, 05:32 AM
Since when did the 'new' mini become british?
Where is TVR?
Er, I voted Caterham.

Banjo
08-29-2006, 06:47 AM
AC Cobra??? well I guess Carroll Shelby did have AC build a certian number of these for him. The AC Bristol or Ace would have been more "British"
I second Baz. The new Mini is German in my opinion ( I know, I've heard all the stories about who designed it and such)
I guess the thing that bugged me is they had it labled as best of "all time" and had a tiny selection of mainly modern mostly semi- British cars.
No MG or Triumph or Jaguar???!!!! c'mon!
I voted for the Routemaster /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif

jlaird
08-29-2006, 09:56 AM
Just goes to show what they know. No MGs, Sprites, Healeys, Jags, Lotus, RR, Bentley, etc, etc.

JamesWilson
08-29-2006, 10:09 AM
As of now the Caterham is in the lead with 35%, followed by the Bentley with 19%.

The routemaster is in at 4, with 10% and 1225 votes.

Not bad for an obsolete old bus.

If I had to pick a set of choices I doubt that any of those would make the top 7.

How about:

1 Ford Escort
2 Jaguar XKE
3 MGB
4 Rover SDI
5 Morris Minor
6 Lotus Elite Series 1
7 Austin 7

Not in any order of preference, of course....

should I run, duck and hide now? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif

Baz
08-29-2006, 11:15 AM
Esprit is worth a mention.
As for the escort, are you referring to Mexico or RS2000?
If that were the poll (which James, I agree with you,) I'd vote on the SDI, that was a brute.

Roger
08-29-2006, 11:43 AM
MINIs are made in Britain, too.

JamesWilson
08-30-2006, 02:21 PM
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As for the escort, are you referring to Mexico or RS2000?

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I wasn't thinking of any particular model, but the whole range from the sporty ones down to the plain, basic transport versions for the mass market....

Its a strange poll, starting as it does by saying there's still a lot of good in the British automotive industry, and then pulls out things like the Cobra and Routemaster, and low volume specialist cars like the Bently and Noble....

vagt6
08-30-2006, 05:37 PM
Hey, guys!

This question is very loaded and of course, entirely subjective. However, my "exhaustive research" finds that Triumphs would win the contest with no problem! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazyeyes.gif

And yes, the MINI is made in Coventry (right where the old Triumph factory was), but the many of the parts come from and profits go to Stuttgart (the engine block is from Daimler/Chrysler, made in S. America!).

It's assembled by the hands of Englishmen, that counts for something, ay??? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

kennypinkerton
08-30-2006, 07:30 PM
I personally am a fan of the 4wd Cosworth Escorts. I think the RS200 was a homologation vehicle for class B rallies. mid engined RWD with over 600hp from the 2 litre powerplant. Pretty car though.

Baz
08-30-2006, 08:33 PM
Hyundai's are made in Britain too, does that make them British?
RS200 rocked, but the Metro 6R4.....was a monster.

kennypinkerton
08-30-2006, 08:49 PM
Hyundai's - made in Britain???? Really? Where?

tony barnhill
08-30-2006, 09:45 PM
It's AOL - what do you expect?