Classics from the UK.
British cars have always held a special place in our hearts. They ooze class, character, and oftentimes performance, even though their history has been riddled with inconsistent reliability. Regardless of the negatives, they’ve made their marks, especially in television and film being driven by everyone from spies to comedians.
The list compiled by Jennings Motor Corp. showcases six icons from British media that have made their marks in television and film, starting out with the Aston Martin DB5 that became the first and most recognized Bond car when it was driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger”. Following that up was the British Leyland MINI 1000 in Austin Citron Green with a black hood that was driven by the famous funnyman, Mr. Bean. The Lotus Esprit S1 from 1976 that transformed into a submarine in the Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me” was one that had to be included in the list for its classic action scene.
The Jaguar E-Type is regarded as one of the most beautiful automobiles ever made, but the 1970 model wearing the Union Jack flag scheme and called the “Shaguar” by Michael Myers in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” was unforgettable. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the 1964 Austin A35 driven by stop-motion stars, Wallace and Gromit in “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”.
The list would not be complete without the Range Rover Classic that started the SUV-craze that we still experience today in the television series, “The New Avengers”. The series only lasted one year, but the white Range Rover Classic was one of the big stars.
These six automobiles may not be the fastest, most powerful, or luxurious; they were special cars that we’ll never forget.