The iconic Jaguar E-type – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – has been voted the UK’s favourite sports car by race-goers and classic car fans in a poll conducted by Silverstone Classic fans prior to this years event.
Almost 3,000 visitors voted on the online poll, from a list of 15 hopefuls. The E-type sprinted into an early lead and at the chequered flag had claimed nearly one in four votes to beat the evergreen Morgan into second place. The brutal TVR Griffith claimed the final podium spot in third.
I’m not sure I agree with the poll itself, as it missed our so many classics that I would have included above those that they included in this poll, such as:
McLaren F1, Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, Jaguar C-Type, Jaguar D-Type, AC Ace, Aston Martin DB3S, 1957 Lister Jaguar, Lotus Elite, Mini Cooper, Jaguar XJ220, Lotus Esprit, AC 428, and I’m sure there are many more.
The Top Ten Favourite British Sports Cars in the Silverstone Classic Poll of 3000 votes
1. Jaguar E-type 24.3%
2. Morgan 16.3%
3. TVR Griffith 12.0%
4. AC Cobra 7.4%
5. Aston Martin DB5 7.2%
6. Lotus 7 7.1%
7. Austin Healey 3000 6.0%
8. Jaguar XK 120 5.6%
9. Lotus Elan 4.1%
10. MGB 2.5%
The remaining five cars were: 11: Triumph Spitfire; 12: Triumph TR6; 13: Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite; 14: MGA; 15: Triumph TR3.
What would you have voted for as your favourite British sports car of all time? For me my top three would be:
1. Aston Martin DB4 Zagato
2. McLaren F1
3. Jaguar E-Type