Union Jack Sports Cars: 20 Legendary British Performance Machines

By vukasin

The United Kingdom is an immensely important country in the car industry, even today when British carmakers are almost all owned by foreign companies. For the better part of the 20th century, the UK was one of the leading nations in automotive technology, development as well as one of the biggest exporters of cars in the world.

So, it is natural that such a force in the car industry has produced many influential models over the years. Regardless of what are your favorite cars or car class, you certainly love at least one British model, from luxury cars, hot hatches to charming roadsters. Today, we will concentrate on sports and performance cars and we will tell you about 20 Legendary British Performance Machines.

  1. Triumph Spitfire

The Spitfire was the definitive British sports roadster from the ’60s. Despite having similar mechanics, similar modest power and performance, Spitfire got its name from World War Two fighter plane and boosted much aggressive and sportier design with lower sides and sharper front end.

This legendary roadster was introduced in 1962 and powered by a diminutive 1.1-liter four-cylinder engine with 63 HP. Over the years, the power grew to the 1.5-liter engine with 71 HP and more torque which improved the driving dynamics. Like all other British roadsters, the biggest market was the US and from 314,000 made, most of them ended up here.