When it comes to fantasising about your dream car it seems the best of British are in pole position, taking five of the top six spots in a giant poll of the most coveted cars.
And it’s Range Rover which is streets ahead of the pack beating Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche to claim not just one but three of the top ten places.
A survey of more than 55,000 petrolheads by Best of the Best, the airport and online car competitions’ company, has revealed British motoring is in a league of its own, even out-classing previous front runners of German and Italian descent.
The Range Rover, once the preserve of the country gent, has eclipsed its rivals with a series of new models adding to its widespread appeal to both men and women. The Sport TDV6 SE version is top of the podium with the Evoque in third place and the Vogue SE in fourth position.
With James Bond’s latest adventure, Skyfall, a massive hit in 2013, the Aston Martin badge has never had more pulling power with the Vantage named the second most popular.
British cars feature strongly throughout the list of more than 140 cars, giving a clear indicator the feel-good factor really is slowly returning to the UK economy.
While there are three Porsches in the top 20, there is no Ferrari – the 458 Italia only manages 21st place. Meanwhile, the recently launched Jaguar F-Type has proven hugely popular, reaching number six in the list.
William Hindmarch, who founded Best of the Best in 1999 and has since given away more than £15m of dream cars, said he was amazed with the results.
“It is great to see how popular British motors are, particularly when they are in direct competition with your ordinary motoring fan who dreams of winning his ultimate car. There is no better test of their popularity and proof that the ones we would assume are top of the list are nowhere near,” he explained.
“Our survey shows that drivers want performance and of course a good-looking car but it is the prestige of a British badge which is winning time after time.
“One of the really exciting things about this survey is that more than 80 nationalities took part, which means the British brand really is valued across the globe.”
And the least popular on the list? That prize goes the BMW Alpina D5 Saloon.
Here’s the top 10 in full:
* Range Rover Sport TDV6 SE
* Aston Martin Vantage
* Range Rover Evoque
* Range Rover TDV6 Vogue SE
* Mercedes A220 Cdi AMG Sport
* Jaguar F-Type V6S
* Mini Cooper S
* Audi R8 V8 Coupe
* Porsche 911 Carrera S
* Mini Cooper S JC