Jaguar E-Type – Austin Powers
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Groovy baby! The Shaguar was an idea that was filled with so much genius even Einstein would have been proud. Take an aging British Jaguar E-Type, drench it in a paintjob even the Queen would feel too patriotic in and then let a sex-crazed British spy drive it in the incredibly successful Austin Powers films – what a recipe. It worked, too. Jaguar enjoyed success off the back of its Britishness in the film. Yeaaaah baby!
MINI Cooper S – The Italian Job
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Michael Caine is a legend. The MINI Cooper is a legend. The Italian Job is a legend of film. Put them all together and what do you get? A legend so legendary that Mr. Legendary of Legendville would feel his legend isnÃt legendary enough. Confused? LetÃs make this simple, then. The MINI would forever be remembered as the car that helped this film become the icon it is. If CaineÃs east-end accent wasnÃt enough, the looks and sound of the British MINI ensured The Italian Job would be a success for generations to come.
Aston Martin DB5 – Thunderball and Goldfinger
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Immortalised by Sean Connery’s James Bond in the 1960s, the Aston Martin DB5 is the perfect British car in the perfect British film franchise. Bond has driven quite a few different marques over the past few decades, but few compare to the Aston Martin DB5. The impact the car made was so big that if you fancy one, youÃll need around £100,000 and the patience of a saint Ã± it will break down, a lot. But let’s be honest, it would be worth it just for the neighbours’ flickering curtains.
TVR Tuscan – Swordfish
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TVR might not be with us anymore, and even during the mid-2000s it was owned by a Russian billionaire, but Blackpool’s finest export has always been a model of British engineering. The brand was known worldwide for its quintessentially British curves and sports car agility. The manufacturer received a boost in popularity when the makers of the film Swordfish decided the Tuscan was the coolest car on the planet and subsequently ordered two for the film – not a bad co-sign, especially when John Travolta is firing Uzi guns out of it.
Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me
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British engineering, white paint work, James Bond and the ability to drive underwater Ã± it was always going to work, wasnÃt it? The Lotus Esprit S1 was the perfect car for The Spy Who Loved Me. The 70s provided us with the colour brown, terrible wallpaper and, thankfully, the Esprit driven by Roger Moore – what more do you want? It represented the best of British and is still considered to be one of the most iconic scenes in cinema history.