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Ranked: Britain’s best classic cars

Brits recently ranked the best classic cars to come from their neck of the woods.

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Classic car insurer Hagerty put out the call, asking the public to vote on its the best British classic cars of all time. The initial list, compiled in conjunction with a respected panel of automotive journalists, shortlisted 10 models. Then, 1,150 votes were cast by enthusiasts to determine a winner.

Scroll down to see them all.

No. 10 - Jaguar D-Type

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The Jaguar D-Type is a slippery sports car, designed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the mid-'50s. Thrilling mechanics aside, the car's styling was airplane-like and honed for speed. That's not why it's best-known, however.

The D-Type was just ramping up production when its factory was engulfed by fire in 1957. Twenty-five of the models were in various stages of completion at the time and the fire destroyed nine of them.

Today versions of the car have sold for nearly $20 million but in the late 50s, by the time it had gone out of fashion, the models were changing hands for as little as $5,000.

No. 9 - Land Rover (Series I)

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Land Rover has long held a place in the heart of true off-roaders. That spark all started with the Land Rover, made by the Rover Company, in 1948 following an introduction at the Amsterdam Motor Show. When it entered production, the model was the first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car with doors. That first generation had an 80-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

No. 8 - Lotus Elan (MkI)

Peter Sellers And Britt Ekland Lotus Elan

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The Lotus Elan was produced starting in 1962 in Cheshunnt, England. It got its power from a 1.6-liter engine and came equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, a four-wheel independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering.

Here, English actor Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980) presents a Lotus Elan to his fiancée, actress Britt Ekland on February 12, 1964.

No. 7 - Ford GT40

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Ford may be an American company, but the GT40 MkI, MkII, and MkIII were designed and built in England. It was the GT40 that was part of the famous Ford vs. Ferrari endurance racing battle, and the precursor to the modern Ford GT supercar.

No. 6 - Jaguar XK120

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When it debuted in 1948, two-seater open-air Jaguar XK120 was Jag's first sports car since the SS 100 ran out of steam nine years earlier. Made in Coventry between 1948 and 1954, the car first featured a wood body but in 1950, that was replaced by steel. Eventually, the model would be available in three body styles and be used for rallying as well as racing.

Male model David Gandy's restored 1954 XK120 is pictured.

No. 5 - Aston Martin DB4 GT

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The DB4GT made its debut in 1959, the grand touring version of the DB4 that was primarily intended as a race car. That year, it won a GT race at the Daily Express Silverstone May meeting, driven by Stirling Moss.

It's shorter than the DB4 by five inches and 185 pounds lighter. The GT has a top speed of 160 mph thanks to its 302-horsepower engine and can go from a standstill to 100 mph and back in 20 seconds.

Just 94 models were made.

No. 4 - Aston Martin DB5

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The Aston Martin DB5 is the first road-going vehicle by the manufacturer to have a 4.0-liter version of Tadek Marek's twin-cam straight-six engine. That power plant was first seen in the Lagonda Rapide and the DP215 race car. It was capable of getting up to 150 mph.

The DB5's owner's manual cautioned the driver: "It is respectfully suggested that the car be driven with extra care until the owner has become thoroughly attuned to its high level of performance … When the response of the car has been measured, it will be proved that the car behaves impeccably and safely."

When it was tested, Motor magazine declared: "We can confirm the makers' implication that the DB5 is an acquired taste, perhaps even disappointing at first to some people, but once savoured to the full, never forgotten and almost impossible to replace."

No. 3 - Mini

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The Mini has its roots squarely in British history. From 1959 to 2000, the model was produced by the British Motor Corporation and assembled in Birmingham. It reached peak acceptance quickly, becoming a staple in fashionable 1960s London thanks in large part to its spacious passenger area. Last year, MINI celebrated its 60th birthday.

No. 2 - Austin-Healey 3000

Austin-Healey 3000

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This big British sports car came in a variety of models during its run in the late 1950s and 1960s. Despite their popularity in their home country, it wasn't just Brits that were fans of the Austin-Healey 3000. In 1962, nearly 92 percent of the 3000s made were exported, predominately to North America. They were assembled in Abington, England and strutted their stuff on race tracks across the world, winning prizes at major racing circuits.

No. 1 - Jaguar E-Type

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There isn't a car like it on the market today. The Jaguar E-Type successfully combined looks, power, performance, and a competitive price tag to quickly race into the hearts of British buyers. It had a top speed of 150 mph and could get from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.

When it was released in 1961, Enzo Ferrari called it, "the most beautiful car ever made."

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A new ad puts DJ D-Nice in the driver's seat of a 2021 Ford F-150.

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A new ad campaign from Ford Motor Company taps into a bit of hip hop history for its latest TV spot promoting the 2021 Ford F-150. The commercial features Derrick Jones, better known by his stage name D-Nice, a legendary music artist, producer and DJ in its main role.

Jones's history doesn't go as far back as Ford's, but there's some notable entries that fans of pre-Diddy hip hop will look fondly on. The Harlem and Bronx native formed Boogie Down Productions in 1986. He soon signed a deal with Jive Records and his debut record featured collaborations by KRS-One, Naughty by Nature, and Too Short.

In the late 90s and early 2000s Jones transferring out of the music world, forming a creative services company. In March 2020, Jones began hosting "Homeschool at Club Quarantine" on Instagram Live. He won a Webby Award for the effort.

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"The 'More Than Tough' campaign recognizes and celebrates the spirit of American ingenuity," said Dibrie Guerrero, multicultural marketing manager, Ford Motor Company. "By developing many innovative features to accommodate the diverse needs of its F-150 owners, Ford elevates what's possible with a little creativity and the right pickup truck."

The "Work It Out" 3-second television spot airs today on OWN, BET and TV One. It features Jones driving to a gig in a 2021 F-150 filled with DJ equipment. Respecting social distancing rules and his responsibilities toward masking up, D-Nice brings the party to the partygoers, utilizing the F-150's available Pro Power Onboard generator to run his equipment.

The ad runs with the hip-hop classic "Call Me D-Nice" serving as the soundtrack.

"Being tough has new meaning to me after partying in Club Quarantine with some of the strongest people I have ever met," said D-Nice. "I'm proud to help introduce the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 that they built tougher to take your hustle to the next level."

The new F-150 has unique features including a fold-out work self, fold-down shifter, tailgate with designated clamp-down areas, and the on-board generator.

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E came up with a trophy at the annual NACTOY awards.

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While it's an honor just to be nominated as a finalist, three vehicles stood out to the jurors of the North American Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year (NACTOY) awards. All NACTOY nominees are vehicles that have either been introduced for the 2021 model year or undergone a significant redesign.

Ford and Hyundai earned top honors with the Ford F-150 earning the North American Truck of the Year award, Ford Mustang Mach-E taking the North American SUV of the Year trophy, and the Hyundai Elantra getting the North American Car of the Year nod.

2021 North American Car of the Year: Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai has redesigned the Hyundai Elantra for the 2021 model year taking it from a passive daily driver to an engaging small car with a lot of zip, especially in the Elantra N model where it gets a standard manual transmission and tuning to make it a sleeper. It also has a boatload of high-tech features that make it punch far above its price tag, which starts under $20,000.

2021 North American Truck of the Year: Ford F-150

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Ford didn't just redesign its F-150, it listened to its customers and made it better for them. Sure, that seems simple enough but while they may get accused of not going far enough, NACTOY jurors appear to have recognized how innovative the redesign is for the average F-150 customer. On-board generator? Check. Collapsable shifter? Check. Fold out work station for the driver? Check. Clamp zones in the tailgate? Check.

Ford recently made news saying that the F-150 will be the latest model that is available with the Tremor off-roading package.

2021 North American SUV of the Year: Ford Mustang Mach-E

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first all-electric crossover the company has offered and Ford is aiming to do it 100 percent right the first time. Like other electric SUVs, the Mustang Mach-E comes in a variety of battery range levels. Ford is pairing those with options for all-wheel drive and premium appointments, treating the Mustang Mach-E more as a traditional vehicle than an electric outlier.

Ford recently announced a new Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will be added for the 2022 model year.

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