60 Per Cent of Motorists Would Buy A British Car If Money Was No Object

1959 Mini Minor

1959 Mini Minor

Research by Manheim Auctions shows that if money was no object 60 per cent of motorists would prefer to buy a British car.

Almost one in five motorists consider a car to be british if it is built in the country, along with its heritage and ownership of the company. Asked to name the most "British" car, the original Mini (pre 1980) came top.

From the results, only three cars are truly British, the Mini (pre 1980), Jaguar E-Type and Rover 75.

The Top Ten Poll of 'British' Cars

1.Mini (pre 1980)
2.Rolls Royce
3.Aston Martin
4.Jaguar E-Type
5.Ford Focus
7.Ford Fiesta
8.Rover 75
10.Vauxhall Astra
“There are many cars associated with Britain when in fact they’re not strictly British. The Ford Focus has never been built in the UK, nor is it owned by a British company, but the Ford brand which celebrates 100 years in the UK this year is one that is considered by many to be ‘British’,” commented Craig Mailey, Marketing Director, Manheim Auctions.

“What’s really interesting is that the tide has turned and motorists would, if they could, buy a British car. There’s definitely been a shift towards buying home grown products in other sectors, be it food from British farmers or furniture made by British craftsmen from British materials, and if money was no object, cars would be included too.”

8 August 2011 Staff

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