The survey, conducted by Direct Line Car Insurance, shows that the James Bond Aston received ten percent of the votes, followed by the Volkswagen Golf GTI MK I, one of the cars that invented the hot hatch segment, which was voted by five percent of the participants. The third place was secured by the modern interpretation of Sir Alec Issigonis’ MINI, with four percent of the votes.
The Jaguar XJ, a British icon (Jaguar is now owned by the Indian Tata Motors) only achieved local performance, as it was named the second most popular car by participants in the East of England and Wales.
“Motorists were asked to vote for their favourite car from a list of 30 of the most iconic car models from 1985-2010, from the ’80’s Audi Quattro, most recently made famous for its starring role in the TV series Ashes to Ashes, to the DeLorian, the legendary car from the Back to the Future films, to the ’90s everyman’s classic the Ford Mondeo,” stated the press release.
The study highlights the fact that the majority of British drivers in the 80’s owned a Ford (29 percent) or a Vauxhall (14 percent). Back then, 9 percent of the Brits owned an Austin or a Rover.
"As a result of Britain’s heritage of motoring we love cars for a wide variety of reasons, from being a classic British brand, to motorsport prowess to having modern design flair," said Jennifer Thomas, spokesperson for Direct Line.