Photo courtesy London Classic Car Show.
Day continues to follow night, grass remains green, and the inhabitants of one car-producing country maintain that their car industry has produced the best cars in the world. The most recent such declaration came toward the end of the recent London Classic Car Show, where visitors voted Great Britain to the top of the show’s Classic Six Nations Cup.
The competition – intended to settle the question of which country turned out most of the world’s greatest cars over the decades – included Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and Great Britain in a series of three matchups for each country over the show’s three days. Show organizers selected 10 cars to represent each country, and the matchups consisted of debates over the countries’ respective pros and cons while representative cars paraded down the indoor show’s Grand Avenue.
Represented by a 1915 Ford Model T, a 1942 Willys MB Jeep, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1959 Cadillac DeVille, a 1965 Shelby G.T. 350, a 1967 Ford GT40, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, a 1968 Dodge Charger, and a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette, the United States finished third in the competition, behind Italy in second place.
“Hopefully the result will settle a few arguments,” event director Bas Bungish said in a press release. “When it comes to the best cars in the world, no-one can touch Great Britain.”
Show organizers selected a 1922 Rolls Royce Ghost, a 1925 Bentley 3-Litre, a 1935 Austin 7, a 1948 Land Rover Series 1, a 1964 Mini Cooper S, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1, a 1970 Lotus 49, a 1976 Lotus Esprit, and a 1993 McLaren F1 GTR to represent Great Britain.
To see the entire lineup of representative cars, visit TheLondonClassicCarShow.co.uk.