Caterham - the best of British

Caterham - the best of British  
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on 09/13/2006

As it approaches its 50th anniversary, the legendary Caterham Seven sportscar has been voted the Best British Automotive Design of all time, according to a new poll of over 30,000 drivers by website, AOL Motoring.

The car, which gained its notoriety from the 1960s cult television show, The Prisoner, received a massive 44 percent of the vote, beating off competition from icons such as the Routemaster bus and the Mini.

Since its debut in 1957, Colin Chapman’s two-seater Seven has gone on to become a benchmark for performance and handling, selling over 11,000 examples worldwide.

Justin Evans, Senior Editor, AOL Motoring said: “The demise of the British automotive industry has been overstated. We still produce an array of awesome and iconic machinery, including some of the most memorable car designs ever.”

Top Votes

Caterham 7 44%
Bentley Continental GT 16%
Routemaster Bus 14%
AC Cobra 10%
Noble M15 5%
Mini (new) 7%
Morgan Aero 8 4%

The second most populist design, with more than a whiff of aspirational desirability about it, was the £112,750 Bentley Continental GT.

The 200mph luxury runner pipped an automotive icon of an altogether different kind, the classic red Routemaster bus, into third spot. The unmistakable feature of London life for over fifty years managed to pick up 14 percent of the vote.

The shortlisted leading British designs were the AC Cobra, Noble M15, MINI and Morgan Aero 8.

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