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MINI tops the best of British list

It’s been a firm favourite of the team here at Big Motoring World for a long time and of course for many people it’s a recognised national treasure - the humble MINI is a true icon of the motoring world. The little car has now had its legendary status confirmed, after being named ‘Best British Car of All Time’ by a panel comprised of CEO’s from the country’s top manufacturing companies and leading motoring industry experts.

The ultimate small car

The competition - run by Auto Express magazine - asked the panel of ten experts to pick their favourite car from a host of British icons. Industry leaders such as Linda Jackson, the CEO of Citroen and Andy Palmer of Aston Martin came together to decide on the best British-built car of all time. After much deliberation, the mighty MINI beat off competition from motoring legends such as the Jaguar E-type and the Landrover Defender, with the judges taking sales, innovative design and performance into account. Other shortlisted cars included everything from runarounds like the classic Triumph Herald through to exotic supercars like the McLaren F1.

Building on the legacy

The original MINI was built in the UK from 1959, before finally ceasing production in 2000, 41 years and 5.3 million units later. Today the MINI brand is owned by BMW, with the Mini Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Coupe and Roadster built at BMW's Plant Oxford in Cowley.

A spirit of innovation

“This survey is a reminder of how many iconic cars Britain has produced over the years,” said Auto Express Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler. “So many of our Top 50 cars redefined segments and pushed the boundaries of what was possible. The spirit of innovation which created models as diverse as the Mini, E-Type and Defender continues today and the British automotive industry should be proud of its achievements and confident of the future.”