Four Classic British Sports Cars

Four Classic British Sports Cars

Back in the day when Great Britain manufactured iconic sports cars, it produced some of the best and most innovative in the world. Here are a few examples of the many classic sports cars built in their heyday, and still sought after by collectors.

Jaguar XJS

The XJS was initially launched on 10 September 1975 and was a front engine rear-wheel drive 2+2 high-quality grand tourer. There were several different models released during the car’s lifetime, such as the XJS-HE in 1981 and the 3.6-litre version called the XJ-SC in 1983. This model was replaced by a two-seat full convertible in 1988, which proved to be a great hit. The car achieved a final production total of 115413 over 20 years and seven months.

AC Cobra

The AC Cobra is a British sports car which was produced during the 1960s. It was a joint venture with American producers where it was named the Shelby Cobra. Remember if you get an injury while driving your classic car you can contact a medical professional using, a helpful service that puts you in touch with a General Practitioner. Just as several British specialist car makers, AC Cars had been producing the smooth, Bristol straight-6 engine in its AC Ace roadster. The first 75 Cobra Mark I was fitted with the 260 engine (4.2 L). Later American versions were equipped with a Ford V8 engine and are still manufactured in small numbers today.

MGB GT/Midget

The MGB was a sports car with two doors manufactured and sold by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), which later became a division of British Leyland. The MGB achieved a 0–60 time of just over 11 seconds. It was equipped with a three-bearing 1,798 cc B-Series engine produced 95 hp (71 kW) at 5,400 rpm. Many MGBs were exported to the US where they were made to adopt the eponymous black bumpers which many believed ruined its stylish contours. It remains a classic British car to this day with many avid enthusiasts still remaining. The sister car called the MG Midget was a much smaller version open-top sports car which proved to be very successful when it was launched in 1961. It remained in production until 1975.

Lotus Elite

The Lotus cars is a name that has been used for a couple of production vehicles and a one-off concept vehicle. The original Elite Type 14 was produced during the years 1957 to 1963, and the next generation model was made between the years 1974 up to 1982. The Elite’s most distinctive feature was a highly innovative fibreglass monocoque construction, which replaced the previously separate chassis and body components. It was raced with particular success at Le Mans, and the Nürburgring and all models are still regarded as classic cars.