With over a hundred years of constant innovation, legendary cars, and advanced technology, the Brits have left an enormous mark in the way we create, drive and perceive automobiles. One of the classes heavily influenced by British car manufacturers is sports cars. Here is a look at some of the best British sports cars created over the years. 

Our 10 Best British sports cars:

MG TC MidgetAustin-Healey 3000Triumph SpitfireAston Martin DB5Lotus 7Mini Cooper SJaguar E-TypeLotus ExigeAston Martin V12 VantageMcLaren F1

Here’s a closer look at our best British Sports Cars:

1. MG TC Midget (1945 – 1949)

The first post-war MG roadster to leave the assembly lines at Abingdon, being the MG TC Midget can be considered pivotal in fostering the American ‘craze’ for British sports cars.

Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

With 10,000 cars in total being produced from 1945 to 1949, approximately 2000 of these MG TC Midget vehicles were transported to the United States.

Despite only producing 54 horsepower with its 1,250 cc pushrod-OHV engine, it provided a lively performance. It was a cool-looking, open-top vehicle, defining the concept of the small and affordable roadsters. It opened people’s minds to the delights of sports car ownership and led to further models being imported into North America.

2. Austin-Healey 3000 (1959 – 1967)

Known as the Big Healey to differentiate it from the smaller Austin Healey Sprite, the Austin-Healey 3000 was introduced in the late ’50s as a power roadster with a mighty, 2912cc C-series straight-six engine, producing 124 horsepower and reaching a top speed of around 114 mph. Its slimline bodywork was built by Jensen Motors and then constructed by BMC at the Abingdon works.

best British Sports cars is the Austin-Healey 3000
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7. David Sirotinsky ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

This model turned out to be very successful in various racing events, winning its class in rallies along with competing at Le Mans and Sebring. It was also equally as popular at club-level racing. In total, approximately 43,000 vehicles were produced with around 90% exported to the U.S. Market.

3. Triumph Spitfire (1962-1980)

If the MG TC defined the concept of light and affordable British sports car, the Triumph Spitfire elevated it to worldwide fame and presence. With British Leyland keen on an entry-level sports car, the Triumph Spitfire 4 only took 15 months to develop prior to being unveiled at the London Motor Show of 1962.

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 10 Best British Sports Cars: The Vehicles That Made Britain Great
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-british-sports-cars/
Published Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 09:02:42 +0000

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