Voting is hotting up in a new global poll by Britain’s Classic & Sports Car magazine to find the best British car of all time – and the Jaguar E-type has taken a narrow lead counting down to the poll closing on August 1.
Once referred to by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever, the E-type (above) is just edging out its nearest rival, the Mini Cooper S, but with polls at www.classicandsportscarshow.com still open, there’s every chance the lead could change hands.
“The E-type is without doubt one of the most beautiful and desirable British cars ever,” said the magazine’s editor James Elliot.
“I’m not surprised to see that it’s currently leading the thousands of votes we’ve received.”
Cars as varied as the Austin Seven, McLaren F1, Ford GT40 and Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost also make up the top 10 shortlist. The Ford GT40 might be identified more with Ford in the United States, but it was designed and built in Britain.
The winner of the poll will be revealed at the magazine’s historic motoring show in London on October 30-November 1, where more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars will be on display.
“With the poll so tight, though, just a few votes could make all the difference,” said Elliot. “Our shortlist is full of pioneers. I can’t wait to reveal the winner with all the pomp and ceremony it deserves.”
The current leader board looks like this: 1. Jaguar E-Type