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Published Date: 17/11/2015

Jaguar E-Type Best of British

In the face of stiff competition, the public has chosen Jaguar's talismanic E-Type as the best British car ever.

A poll created for Classic & Sports Car magazine's The London Show put the E-Type - a car once described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful in the world - ahead of the nine other finalists as selected by more than 100 motoring experts.

The final shortlist, as decided by C&SC's editorial team and the panel of experts - including Gordon Murray and Nick Mason - included the original BMC Mini, the Lotus Seven and the McLaren F1 alongside two other Jaguar Land Rover group vehicles: the first Range Rover and the stunning Jaguar XKSS.

With the shortlist decided, it was time for the public to have its say in an online poll that ran from June until the show opened its doors on October 30th, and the E-Type ran out as the winner.

Examples of all ten finalists were on display at The London Show, with the E-Type represented by the oldest surviving example '77RW' - the very car driven by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis overnight from Coventry to Geneva for the car's global unveiling in 1961.

Although there's no mistaking the E-Type's shape even under the cover, Ant Anstead of the Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars unveiled the winner at the show.

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