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Original Mini named Britain’s favourite car, despite production ending 14 years ago

Date: 09/05/2014 11:40:52
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

Britain may have stopped producing the Mini Cooper 14 years ago, but it's just been named Britain's all-time favourite car by a new poll.

According to dailymail.co.uk, the poll by Autocar reveals that the classic Mini beat a number of luxury cars to the top spot. Coming in second place is the McLaren F1 supercar and the Jaguar E-type placed third.

The iconic Mini was first launched back in 1959 and proved popular with all sorts of drivers. Anyone from students and mums to stars such as Twiggy and Peter Sellers owned one. It's since become synonymous with British culture, as well as the swinging sixties.

Over the course of 40 years, over 5.3 million cars were sold. Autocar editor, Chas Hallett, isn't surprised that the Mini came top in the poll.

"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," he explains. "It ensured a fabulous drive every time, with a wheel literally at each corner and a low centre of gravity, plus it was cheap to own and run."

Another car often tied to British culture is the Aston Martin DB5, which came eighth in the list, reports scotsman.com. The classic vehicle featured in several James Bond films and its stardom and attractive design are no doubt what earned it a rightful place in the top ten.

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