The poll is over and the winner can now be declared – the Jaguar E-Type is (un)officially the most iconic car from Great Britain.
Polling took an interesting turn in turn with the way the world turns.
The Mini shot into the lead in early polling – when it was basically just Europe voting – but once the United States woke up a few hours later, things changed. From then on, the E-Type took what turned out to be an unassailable lead.
It’s interesting because through comments, Eggs linked to a recent AutoCar poll that crowned the Mini as the best British car. AutoCar is a British magazine, of course, which would tend to back up the theory that the Mini would be supported in Europe (and then there’s the general popularity of small cars in Europe, too).
On the other hand, small cars have never been big in the US. Whilst the E-Type (XKE) definitely sold in good numbers in the US, I’m not sure if the original Mini ever sold much there at all. They might have sold a few in pairs, as roller skates.
Bottom line: I think voting went largely along continental lines. The Mini and the Jag were THE two prominent polling vehicles in the field, but the Jag simply had more supporters in the end. As you can see, below, I voted for the Roller. Ah well.