The British motor industry is alive and well, but it is mostly devoted to building cars designed elsewhere. Three of our major factories produce Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas (in Swindon, Sunderland and Derby respectively), while Vauxhalls are essentially rebadged Opels.

Ford, often thought of here as a UK manufacturer, no longer builds complete vehicles in this country at all.

It wasn’t always like this. Before car manufacturing became an international business, mass-produced British cars really were British. Not all of them were great, but some of them achieved a status they have never since lost.

Here we present 22 predominantly British cars from almost the entire history of the industry which, in their ways, deserve the term ‘iconic’ as much as anything else does.

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