10) Land Rover Defender
Specifically the Series I, bereft of the Defender name. Born from the ashes of the second World War, these jeeps were the original SUV.
9) Rolls-Royce Phantom
Massive yet imposing, elegant yet cathedral-like, and that’s before BMW came along and added ostentatiousness to it and with it, arguably, some vulgarity and chintz
8) Jaguar XJ6
A bruising six cylinder saloon with marshmallows for suspension and the whiff of nicotine surrounding them. These were the cars of cads. We all wanted one.
Not my cup of tea if I’m honest, but to deny its place here is to pretend that British roadsters were never A Thing. But they were. They just were.
6) Original Mini Cooper
Now this, this I had. A plucky 1100 in British Racing Green no less. Mind you, it might have been avocado. This, Sir Alec Issigonis masterpiece, is the egenesis of the front wheel drive hatchback. Bow accordingly.
5) Jaguar XJ220
The Jaguar XJ220 was the first unobtanium we can remember. It was the quickest car in the world despite being diluted when going into production. From a 4WD V12 in the concept to the twin-turbo 3.5l V6 that made it to the road. Magic.
4) Lotus Elise
Colin Chapman said add lightness, and his boys and girls at LOTUS promptly did just. The Elise proved that LOTUS did not stand for Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious, and instead began to be associated with incredibly nimble machinery that could punch far above their weight.
3) Aston Martin DB5