Can You Name All of These Classic British Cars from an Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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When it comes to cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles, a lot of people initially think about countries like Japan, the United States and South Korea. One country that is often overlooked when it comes to automotive accomplishments is the United Kingdom. The U.K. is home to a wide variety of automotive brands, ranging from small, modest manufacturers to some of the most iconic and successful brands. It is also worth mentioning that the automotive industry in the United Kingdom is in fact considerably old, actually going as far back as the late 19th century. This is why this quiz is overflowing with iconic examples of British excellence in manufacturing!

Examples of iconic British vehicles include convenient city cars like the MINI, burly off-road beasts like the Land Rover Defender and exhilarating luxury speed demons like the McLaren F1! Over the years, Britain has successfully carved out a niche for themselves as a producer of sports cars and premium vehicles. So, are you ready to floor it and imagine yourself riding in style through the English countryside? Then come on, let's get into this iconic and classy car quiz!


The MG MGB is a sports car that is a part of the British Motor Corporation’s family of vehicles. The MG MGB was introduced in 1962 as a direct replacement for the MG MGA; production continued for almost two decades, ending in 1980.

The Discovery Series is a mid-size luxury SUV that is a part of the Land Rover family of vehicles. The Land Rover Discovery Mk1 was the first model in the Discovery series (as you might suss out from the name) and was marketed as the Honda Crossroad in Japan.

The XJ6 Series 1 is a full-size luxury car that is a part of the Jaguar family of vehicles. The Jaguar XJ6 was the first model in the XJ series of luxury cars and was in production from 1968 to 1973.

The Jaguar E-Type was produced from 1961 to 1975 and has since then been hailed as one of the most iconic sports cars not only in Britain but around the globe.

The Mark I Mini is a city car that is a part of the British Motor Corporation’s “Mini” family of vehicles. The Mark I had a 41-year production run that started in 1959 and finally ended in 2000. This specific car is frequently hailed as one of the most iconic and influential British cars of all time.

The McLaren 570S sports car was initially released to the commercial market in 2015 and is still being produced. Since its introduction, several variants have both been unveiled and are also in development. The 600LT Spider can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds.

The Aston Martin DB9 grand tourer was sold from 2004 to 2016 and was available as both a convertible and a coupe. It had a top speed of 186 mph.

The TVR Chimaera was a convertible sports car that featured a two-seater design and was produced from 1992 to 2003. Intended to be a long-distance tourer, the Chimaera was more comfortable than some of its sister cars.

The Rover SD1 was an executive car built by British Leyland. The Rover SD1 was produced for a decade, from 1976 to 1986, and during that time more than 300,000 units were manufactured.

The Land Rover Freelander is a compact SUV that was introduced in 1997. All production ended in 2014, in preparation for it to be succeeded in 2015 by the Discovery Sport. The Freelander averaged sales of more than 50,000 vehicles each year between 2010 and 2014.

The Austin Seven (sometimes stylized as Austin 7) is an economy car that was — at the time of its introduction — arguably the most popular car produced in Britain. It was produced from 1922 to 1939 and almost 300,000 units were manufactured.

The Morris Minor was a subcompact that had more than 1.6 million units manufactured during its lengthy production lifespan from 1948 to 1971. Industry experts of the time believed the Minor had the potential to rival the Volkswagon Type 1 (Beetle), but the Beetle's manufacturing numbers far outstripped the Minor's.

The Defender, a four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle, was initially launched in 1983 and has gone through a few name changes, including the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten. U.S. safety regulations spelled an end to the vehicle in America 1997.

The Triumph Stag, a sports tourer, was actually designed by Giovanni Michelotti, one if the most famous designers of sports cars. It was designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz SL class and replaced the Triumph 2000.

The Ariel Atom is a high-performance sports car that is actually road legal. Still in production seven generations later, the Atom hit the streets in 2000. In 2005, a supercharged Atom 2 performed the 0-100 mph-0 test in 10.88 seconds.

The Vauxhall Viva is a small family car that was manufactured from 1963 to 1979. During this time more than 1.5 million units were produced. There were three generations of the Viva — the HA, HB and HC models.

The FF is a four-wheel drive grand tourer and closely related to the Jensen Interceptor, which was produced from 1966 to 1976. The FF is notable for being one of the first non-all-terrain production cars equipped with four-wheel drive and an anti-lock braking system. Despite critical success, the vehicle's high price tag prevented it from being a sales success, and only 320 FFs were produced.

The Elan is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car that was produced from 1962 to 1973. It came in two body styles; a two-door coupe and a two-door roadster and was the first Lotus road car to use a fiberglass body on a steel backbone chassis — a style that the company used for decades after.

The Ford Sierra was produced from 1982 to 1993 and is notable for being a successful Ford vehicle that was manufactured primarily in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. It replaced the Ford Cortina and many conservative buyers didn't appreciate the Sierra's aerodynamic styling. The public eventually accepted the vehicle, however, with nearly 1.3 million units selling during its production run.

The P1 is a plug-in hybrid sports car manufactured from the end of 2013 to the end of 2015. There are only 375 of the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles in circulation worldwide. The P1's electric and gas engines produce a combined 903 horsepower.

The Cavalier Mark II is a transverse front-engine, front-wheel-drive car that was introduced in 1981 and had a production cycle that ended in 1988. It was then succeeded, logically enough, by the Cavalier Mark III. The Mark II was available as a two-door convertible, a two-door saloon, a four-door saloon, a five-door estate and a five-door hatchback.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a four-seat luxury convertible that started production in 2015 and is still going strong. The vehicle is recognizable for its suicide doors (hinged at the back, rather at the front) and offers a 6.6-Liter V12 that produces 563 brake horsepower.

The Cortina Mk1 is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive large family car introduced in 1962 and went on to inspire four more generations for two more decades. It was the U.K.'s best-selling car in the 1970s.

The DB5 is a luxury grand tourer that was introduced in 1963 and was essentially a direct upgrade from the last generation of the DB4. The "DB" in the vehicle's name is in honor of Sir David Brown, owner of Aston Martin from 1947 through 1972. The Aston Martin DB5 is notable for being recognized as James Bond’s car from Goldfinger in 1964. Bond also used the vehicle in Thunderball the following year.

The Ford Escort Mark I is a small family car that debuted in 1967 and production for this initial series ended in 1975, giving way to the next improved generation, the Mark II. The vehicle was the U.K. best-selling car in the 1960s.

The Austin-Healey 3000 was an exceptional successful sports car during its production run from 1959 to 1967 and still remained somewhat successful several years after as well. It also performed well on the track, winning many European rallies in its time.

With a profile obviously built for speed, the McLaren F1 is a sports car produced from 1992 to 1998. In this time only 106 cars were actually manufactured. The McLaren F1 is notable for breaking the world record for the fastest production car in 1998 at 240.1 mph. The F1 held the record until 2005.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was a luxury car that had a 20-year production lifespan from 1906 to 1926, during which almost 8,000 units were manufactured. The vehicle was named "The Best Car in the World" by the publication Autocar in 1907 — a line Rolls-Royce has used over the years.

The Bentley Continental GT is a grand tourer introduced in 2003 notable for being the very first Bentley car to make use of mass production manufacturing practices. Now in its third generation, the Continental GT is still in production and is available as a two-door fastback or convertible.

The Lotus Seven is a lightweight two-seater open-top sports car that was introduced in 1957, with production running until 1973. The initial run was an unexpected success, with more than 2,500 units sold. After its production run, the rights to the vehicle were bought by Caterham, which offers kits and fully assembled Sevens based on the original design.

The Range Rover Classic (the first generation of the vehicle) is a 4x4 mid-size SUV produced between 1970 and 1996. In its early days, the Classic was a vehicle designed for off-road adventures; the basic interiors, with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards, could be cleaned off with a hose. The Classic is most fondly remembered today as a foundation for the Land Rover models that have been produced ever since

The Herald was a small two-door family car that was a part of the Standard-Triumph family of vehicles. The vehicle had a production lifespan that started in 1959 and ended in 1971. It is notable for spawning several variants, such as saloon, convertible, and coupe. It was produced in several countries, including India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and others.

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer that was initially produced from 2001 to 2007 as a successor to the Virage; however, a second generation was produced from 2012 through 2018. The prototype of the vehicle was driven by James Bond in the 2002 film Die Another Day.

The Mini Hatch is a supermini hatchback that is currently still in production, having debuted in 2000. It has several other alternative names, including Mini Cooper, Mini Hardtop and Mini One. It was the first model produced by BMW after it acquired the Mini marque.

The Range Rover Evoque is a compact luxury crossover SUV that initially debuted in 2011 and is still in production. Compared to older models, the Evoque was designed around better meeting standards for lower CO2 emissions and fuel economy. The vehicle has won several national and international awards.

The Jaguar Mark 2 is a mid-size saloon car that had a fairly successful production cycle that started in 1959 and ended in 1967. During that time more than 80,000 units were manufactured and had three power plant offerings: a 2.4-Liter, a 3.4-Liter or a 3.8-Liter inline-six engine.

The Vauxhall Astra Mark 2 was a small family car, produced from 1979 through the present day. The second generation of the Astra was arguably the most iconic. It was produced from 1984 to 1991 and had improved aerodynamics over the Mark 1.

The Delorean (sometimes stylized as DeLorean) DMC12 is a sports car made between 1981 and 1983 that is sometimes simply referred to as “the Delorean” because the company never produced another model of car. It's thought that around 8,500 of the vehicles were produced. Despite the company’s failure, the car itself is immensely iconic due to being featured in the Back to the Future franchise.

The X250 version of the Jaguar XF, a mid-sized luxury car, was produced between 2007 and 2015; the X260 version followed and is still in production to this day. It was designed as a successor to the S-Type but notably had significant stylistic differences. The supercharged version of the vehicle offers a 4.2-Liter V8 engine capable of 464 horsepower.

The Ace is a two-door roadster that had a decade long production lifespan that started in 1953 and ended in 1963. The AC Ace is notable for being sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. In 1962, Caroll Shelby put a Ford V8 in the Ace chassis, resulting in the AC Cobra.

The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seater, two-door sports car that is still in production after being introduced in 2013. It was initially offered as a soft-top convertible, with Jaguar quickly adding a fastback coupe version.

The Lotus Elise is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine roadster that is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and successful Lotus cars of all time. Introduced in 1996, it is still in production to this day (currently on Series 3). The vehicle was named after Elisa Artioli, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli, who was chairman of Lotus at the time.

The Club is the hatchback version of the Vauxhall Astra line. First appearing in 1979, the Astra is still being produced to this day, now in its seventh generation. The line has been popular in the U.K., regularly appearing in the top five of best-selling lists.

The Jaguar F-Pace is a compact luxury crossover SUV that was introduced in 2016. It is notable for being Jaguar’s very first crossover SUV. The top-of-the-line engine available for the F-Pace is a 5.0-Liter supercharged V8, capable of 542 horsepower and an impressive top speed of 176 mph.

The Nissan Qashqai is a compact crossover SUV that was introduced in 2006 and is still in production. Although it belongs to the Japanese brand, the car was actually designed, engineered and built in the U.K. It is rebadged as the Nissan Rogue Sport in the U.S.

The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that is notable for being one of the brand's most iconic vehicles. Approximately 10,000 were manufactured between 1974 and 2004. The car has been seen in several films, including Pretty Woman and Basic Instinct, along with the Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (complete with a submarine mode) and For Your Eyes Only.

The Aston Martin DB11 is a grand tourer that had its initial debut in March 2016. it was initially envisioned as a two-door coupe but two-door convertible designs were revealed in 2018. Reviewers have been positive about the model; in its review, Car and Driver magazine noted that "it's a pretty fabulous way to sit behind 600 horsepower."

The Ford GT40 was a racing vehicle largely based on the Lola Mk6 and was designed with high-performance endurance racing in mind and actually won the “24 Hours of Le Mans” from 1966 to 1969 (four consecutive times). The first three generations were designed and built in England, while the Mk IV was designed and built in the U.S.

The Jaguar XK120 sports car was produced from 1948 to 1954, and is notable for being a rebirth of Jaguar’s sports car production — the last such vehicle was the SS Jaguar 100, built from 1936 through 1941. Approximately 12,000 XK120s were produced.

The Jaguar XJ220 was a two-seat supercar that was only produced from 1992 to 1994; during that time only 275 were ever manufactured. And it was fast — in testing, the vehicle hit a speed of 212.3 mph, making it the fastest production car from 1992 to 1993.

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