British Classic Cars

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

At this time of year, enthusiastic owners are making the most of the good weather and getting their classic cars out on the road as often as possible. With a wealth of events through the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to show off the beauty of their vehicle, receive admiration and chat with like-minded car fans.

Classic cars come in all shapes and sizes, makes and models, but what is the definitive classic car? The Classic and Sports Car Show, which is launching in London at the end of October is keen to find out. With expert advice, they have shortlisted ten British cars and are now seeking public opinion on which should be recognised as the ultimate classic.

The Top Ten

The list includes a car which has stood the test of time; the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, which first went into production back in 1906 and, due to insurance premiums, is regarded as the world’s most expensive car. The Austin Seven and the Bentley Speed Six are two 1920’s cars that feature in the top ten, the second of which won the Le Mans 24 hour race in both 1929 and 1930.

Another shortlisted Le Mans winner (in 1965 and on three further occasions) is the Ford GT40, which sits alongside other 1960’s classics including the stylish Jaguar E Type and iconic Mini. Whilst the affordability and appealing looks of the mini made it one of the most popular production models, only 16 models of another contender, the rare Jaguar XKSS, survived a factory fire and made it out onto the road.

The list is completed by the light and fast Lotus 7, the design of which has been replicated in many kit car projects, the Range Rover, which transformed the functional working of the utilitarian Land Rover into a sort after luxury vehicle and the McLaren F1, which was simply designed to be the best car in the world.

All of the cars have many merits and each could be considered worthy of the title of the ultimate British classic car. If you are an owner of one of these vehicles, or a devoted fan, you may wish to cast your vote and see whether the car you love can hit the top spot.

Classic Engineering

It is certainly testament to their design and engineering; cars which came off the production line 50 to 100 years ago can still be dusted down for a trip down country lanes, or a race around a track. However, whether you enjoy getting behind the wheel of a classic or prefer the high tech driving experience of a modern car, every vehicle must undergo an annual MOT to ensure it is roadworthy, safe to drive and compliant with current standards.


The diagnostic tools used on modern cars have little worth on a classic car, but lifting the bonnet and having the opportunity to see all the working parts can be a delight for a mechanic. You need to find a local garage that you can trust to respect you and your car and then book an MOT. Holmer Green Service Centre  combines professional mechanic skills and experience, with high tech Bosche diagnostic equipment to offer the best service no matter what your chosen vehicle.