The U.K. is responsible for some of the greatest sports cars the world has ever seen. There are dozens of examples, but these are our absolute favorites.
If you want a V-8-powered British roadster developed by Carroll Shelby, but you can't afford a Cobra, consider a Sunbeam Tiger. It brings the same kind of smile, for far less cash. you can own right now for $55,000.
Ultima is a small company that builds Le Mans-inspired supercars for the road. The Evo is its latest creation, available with up to 1020 horsepower from an LS-based supercharged V-8 engine. Zero to 60 happens in just 2.3 seconds, and top speed is over 240 mph. It's even available in the US—as a kit car.
The 1960s were a golden age for British sports cars, and the Midget stands out. Lightweight, analog, and simple—and, as the name indicates, extremely tiny—it was the perfect car for the discerning enthusiast. , and it's currently for sale on eBay for just $8900.
The Atom is as bare-bones as it gets—no roof, no doors, and on some models, no windshield. It's just a tube-frame chassis with an engine and wheels. Because it weighs virtually nothing, it's incredibly fun. can be yours for just $65,000.
Off-roading more your thing? Ariel has a car for that, too. It's called the Nomad, and it's essentially an Atom with all-terrain upgrades and a full tubular cage. you can own today for just under $70,000.
Like the Midget, the Spitfire emerged in the 1960s as a fun two-seater droptop you could truly enjoy on a back road. It was built for a total of 18 years, meaning it's not terribly hard to find one today. , for sale right now for just $9000.
If you're more into modern Lotuses, you can't go wrong with the Elise. It's a lightweight mid-engine sports car with a bulletproof Toyota engine and a manual transmission. You can't buy them new in the US anymore, but for just $32,000.
Pretty much any TVR deserves a spot on this list, but the Sagaris stands out. Its brutish driving attributes combined with a mean look and those sweet rear-side-exit exhausts make for one seriously cool package. Like all modern TVRs, it was never officially sold in the US, a tragedy.
Based on an iconic Lotus, the Caterham Seven remains one of the most enjoyable small cars you can buy. There's not much to it, save for four wheels, a tightly packed two-seat cabin, and an engine. That's why it's so great. is up for bidding right now on eBay.
If you're looking for something more GT-oriented from Aston Martin, the early 2000s Vanquish is worth a look. It has a stunning design, and you can even have yours shipped back to the factory for a six-speed manual conversion (they all came with autos originally). Just be ready to fork up some major cash. you can own today for just $61,000.
Ask people to name the prettiest car of all time, and it's likely they'll say Jaguar E-Type. It's one of the most stunning road cars ever built. is currently up for bidding.
Of course, the E-Type isn't the only great Jaguar. The legendary automaker's modern two-seater, the F-Type, is incredibly fun as well. We can't get enough of that V8 soundtrack. can be yours for under $60,000.
Sometimes we'd like nothing more than to drive a single-seat race car on the street. Thanks to the BAC Mono, you can make that dream a reality. The F1-esque seating position features a removable steering wheel with a center screen that displays all relevant info.
People seem to forget about the Noble M600, but with 650 horsepower and a top speed of 225 mph, they shouldn't. It's one of Britain's coolest cars, even if Noble only builds a handful every year.
Though it didn't end up getting the V-12 engine Jaguar promised, the XJ220 is still a legend. It's got stunning looks, and for a time it was the fastest car on earth.
How could the McLaren F1 not be on this list? It's one of the greatest cars of all time, period. A center driver's' seat and 641 naturally aspirated V-12 horses are just a couple of the features that make the F1 a legend.
The 720S won our 2018 Performance Car of the Year award, which should tell you all you need to know about it. As a modern supercar, it's nearly unmatched. with just 2500 miles on the clock on sale for thousands off MSRP.
A car that looks like the 1950's vision of the future with a modern chassis and a BMW V-8 up front? Sign us up.
We know, the 3-Wheeler isn't exactly a car. But it still belongs on this list. It's a fun two-seater you can have fun with at any speed. Spend some time behind the wheel, and you'll be wondering why people would need anything more in a fun weekend runabout.