No surprise with this one – the original Mini has been voted Britain’s best ever car by readers of Autocar magazine. The huge popularity of the affordable little car, which was 100% built in Britain at the time, knocked the classic Aston Martin and the E-type Jaguar off the top spot.
Sadly, the original went out of production years ago and BMW now own the brand. But even the modern mini’s are a marvel, especially with the construction. If you’re a “how it’s made” geek like me, check out this video below on the manufacture of the 2014 edition. It’s truly incredible:
The original Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, sold millions and was a huge success for the company. Since I moved to America I’ve noticed cars getting smaller and smaller.. still lots of SUVs on the road, but the popularity of fuel efficient cars like the Mini is quite staggering.
Autocar editor Chas Hallett said: ‘It comes as little surprise that the original Mini has topped the list of all-time British greats
‘It represents a lot more than the British car industry; the Mini is associated with Great Britain around the world and, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.’