These British automobiles would be something we’d like to enjoy driving every day, yet that is far from the case.
The majority of people agree that the Italians produce the most beautiful cars. The British, on the other hand, may argue contrary, having built stunning automobiles such as the renowned Jaguar E-Type, the McLaren P1, and nearly every Aston Martin model ever produced.
While British automakers have demonstrated their ability to create gorgeous automobiles on several occasions, we all know that many of these vehicles have other flaws that gearheads may want to avoid. Many British automobiles appear to be beautiful, but they are slow, unreliable, difficult to drive, or have other unforgivable flaws. Let’s take a look at ten of them.
10. Aston Martin DB7
When Ford bought Aston Martin in the 1990s, its first priority was to create a new entry-level vehicle that would appeal to a wider audience and re-establish the brand’s profitability. That’s how the Aston Martin DB7 was born.
The DB7 was a lot less expensive than any previous Aston made before it, but it still featured the beauty that the brand is known for, as well as a powerful V12 engine. The only reason we don’t recommend buying this automobile right now is because maintaining the V12 engine can be expensive. It’s no surprise that the Aston Martin DB7 is one of the most affordable V12-powered sports cars available today.
9. Jaguar F-Type
One of the top three British sports cars of all time is the Jaguar E-Type. However, its spiritual descendant, the F-Type, is so bad that it wouldn’t even be considered in the same breath as the icon.
The F-Type was introduced in 2013, and it was based on a scaled-down version of the XK platform. The F-Type isn’t a car we’d suggest because it has a lot of reliability concerns and can be incredibly boring to drive if you don’t have the top-of-the-line SVR version.
8. Noble M600
Noble Automotive has produced a number of fantastic sports cars throughout the years, but none have garnered the same level of acclaim as the M600. The M600 made its debut in the early 2000s, and many people were intrigued by its supercar-like look, lightweight carbon-fiber construction, and power.
The M600, which is powered by a gigantic twin-turbo V8 that produces 650 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque, has a top speed of 225 mph. Despite its speed, the M600 lacked crucial driving aids such as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, making it a bit unsettled to say the least.
7. AC Ace
AC Cars has been quiet for a long time, but gearheads will remember it as the company that created the AC Ace. The AC Ace isn’t particularly impressive on its own, but its body was used to create the Shelby Cobra, one of the most iconic American sports cars of all time.
The AC Ace, unlike the Shelby Cobra, was powered by a 2.0-liter straight-six engine that produced less than 100 horsepower and was tuned by the famed Carroll Shelby.
6. MG Midget
The Midget may have one of the worst model names we’ve ever heard, but its beauty is undeniable. The Midget was created at a time when British automakers were masters of roadster design.
Unfortunately, the Midget lacked the performance to match its good appearance. The Midget’s tiny four-cylinder engine produced a pitiful 65 horsepower and took over 20 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.
5. TVR Sagaris
TVR isn’t as well-known as McLaren, Aston Martin, or Jaguar, but it has produced some incredible sports cars throughout the years. One such vehicle is the 2005 Sagaris. It has a lot of followers because of its combination of beauty and power. The Sagaris was so good, in fact, that Jeremy Clarkson called it the best TVR ever manufactured.
The Sagaris is on our list mostly because it is potentially risky to drive. You probably don’t want to drive it because it lacks key safety features like ABS, traction control, and even airbags. Oh, and don’t forget about TVR’s infamous reliability issues.
4. Morgan Plus Four
Morgan is still producing automobiles today, but it’s tough to tell from the current lineup. This is due to the fact that Morgan automobiles appear to have been constructed around a century ago. The Plus Four, which premiered in 2020, is no exception.
The Plus Four, like other Morgans, has a classic design and is built on a wooden frame. Although the Plus Four features a 255-horsepower turbocharged inline-four engine, it only has a top speed of 118 mph, which is quite modest for a $70,000 car.
3. Jensen Healey
Jensen’s most famous design is the Interceptor, which was created in the late 1960s. However, before going out of business, the company produced a number of different models, one of which being the Healey. In the 1970s, the Healey was a big hit for Jensen, becoming the best-selling Jensen vehicle of all time.
The Healey’s elegant convertible design was the key reason for its popularity. The Healey, like many other British sports cars of the time, was slow because it was powered by a tiny four-cylinder engine.
2. Lotus Elan M100
The original Lotus Elan is without a doubt one of the most iconic 1960s British sports cars. The Elan M100, on the other hand, is not in the same league. The Elan M100 was introduced in 1990 as a competitor to the iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata.
However, the Elan M100 was a terrible failure. The Elan M100, unlike the rear-wheel-drive Elan, had a front-wheel-drive configuration, which purists despised.
1. Triumph Spitfire
Of all the great British sports vehicles, the Spitfire has the finest model name. The Triumph Spitfire is a front-engined RWD convertible that was introduced in the 1960s and is named after the WWII Spitfire fighter jet.
Every gearhead expects a car named “Spitfire” to be quick, but the Spitfire failed to meet those expectations. The Spitfire never produced more than 100 horsepower over its 18-year manufacturing life.
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