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'British cars are best'

Despite the woes of MG Rover, British-made cars are still considered the best, according to a poll out today.

Six vehicles produced in the UK made it into the top 10 of a poll to find the 100 greatest cars of all time.
The original 1959 Mini, made at Rover's under-threat Longbridge plant in Birmingham, came fourth in the list compiled from 70,000 responses from readers of Channel 4's online motoring magazine 4car.

The overall winner was the 240mph McLaren F1, built in Woking, Surrey, while the Coventry-made Jaguar E-Type came third.

With the Mini, the other British-made vehicles were the the Aston Martin DB9, made in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, which was in sixth place, the original AC Cobra sports car, made in Thames Ditton, Surrey (seventh) and the original 1948-made Land Rover, manufactured in Solihull, West Midlands (10th).

Another British classic, the Reliant Robin, (a Reliant Regal Supervan III was famously driven by Del Boy Trotter on TV's Only Fools and Horses), made a good showing at number 82, beating the Mercedes S-Class (83rd), the Porsche Cayenne (89th) and the new £70,000 Volkswagen Phaeton (99th).

Gavin Conway, site editor at channel4.com/4car, said: 'These results show that, whatever the current state of the UK car industry, the UK public still believe that British is best.

'While it might be surprising that the modern pretender, the McLaren F1, has pushed the eternal favourite, the E-Type, from top spot, at least that top spot still goes to the UK.'

The top 10 was:

1. McLaren F1 1994

2. Volkswagen Golf GTi 1978

3. Jaguar E-Type 1961

4. Austin Mini 1959

5. Ford GT40 1964

6. Aston Martin DB9 current

7. AC Cobra 1963

8. Porsche 911 current

9. Ferrari F40 1988