• Apr 18th 2010 at 6:33PM
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It's just six years old, but Britons have lived with it long enough to declare the Aston Martin DB9 their favorite car of the past 25 years. Great Britain's drivers were asked to choose their favorite car from a list of 30 rides going back to 1985 and fully ten percent of them chose Aston's middle-child coupe, said to be "synonymous with James Bond" even though he never drove one. Germany rounded out the podium spots with the Volkswagen Golf at number two, and the (Anglo-SaxonGerman) Mini at number three.

You can follow the jump for the press release on the survey. Or you can have a look at the DB9 Volante in the high-res gallery below and see if you can figure out why its hardtop sibling took home the trophy.

[Source: Direct Line]
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Aston Martin DB9 voted nation's favourite car of the past 25 years
VW Golf GTI and BMW MINI in top three cars of the past 25 years.

(PRWeb UK) April 15, 2010 -- The iconic Aston Martin DB9 has been voted the nation's favourite car of the past 25 years, in a poll to discover which car is the nation's best loved motor of the '80s, '90s and noughties years by Direct Line Car Insurance to mark its 25th anniversary this week*.

One in ten Brits (10 per cent) said the Aston Martin DB9, synonymous with James Bond, was their favourite car of the past 25 years, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the original boy racers' favourite 'hot hatch', secured second place in the vote (5 per cent). The BMW MINI, the modern take on a long-term classic, came in third place (4 per cent).

Motorists were asked to vote for their favourite car from a list of 30 of the most iconic car models from 1985-2010, from the '80's Audi Quattro, most recently made famous for its starring role in the TV series Ashes to Ashes, to the DeLorian, the legendary car from the Back to the Future films, to the '90s everyman's classic the Ford Mondeo.

The quintessentially British Jaguar XJ was named the second most popular car by voters in the East of England and Wales.

However, while these cars are nostalgically seen as the automotive classics of the past 25 years, the majority of motoring Brits or the main driver in their household in the 1980's owned either a Ford (29 per cent) or a Vauxhall (14 per cent) in the 1980s. Nearly one in ten Brits (9 per cent) owned an Austin or a Rover back in the 1980s.

Jennifer Thomas, spokesperson for Direct Line, commented: "As a result of Britain's heritage of motoring we love cars for a wide variety of reasons, from being a classic British brand, to motorsport prowess to having modern design flair. Over the past 25 years Direct Line has insured a whole range of makes and models of cars and we're looking forward to following the motoring trends into the next decade and beyond."

For further details on Direct Line Car Insurance or tips and advice on motoring visit directline.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a lot of these on the streets of London.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I personally prefer the DB7 (god, what a gorgeous piece of machinery), but the DB9 is almost certainly a better car, and still one of the most beautiful cars on the road today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ascari is owned by a Dutch billionare, TVR by a Russian billionare.

      All that's left is London Taxis International, owned by Manganese Bronze Holdings, a company in British hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think "UK's favorite car" refers to any car sold in Britain, not necessarily British-built. It's true that there is not much left of the indigenous British car industry, but Britain is still a great place to see cool cars. On a trip to London last month, in one afternoon I saw five Lamborghinis, eight Ferraris, no fewer than 28 Aston Martins, plus a Pagani Zonda and Koenigsegg CCR, neither of which I have ever seen in the States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's my favorite also :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rather than voting on British cars since 1985, they should've made people vote on British cars *from* 1985.

      "Ooh, shall I pick the Austin Metro or the some-kind-of-a-rebadged-Honda?"

      That'll take 'em down a peg or two ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        1985? I'd have to pick the Lotus Esprit. I remember lusting after those back in the day. Course, in 1985 I owned a Triumph TR8 (the one with the rover V8) so I would rather pick that, but since it was only made in 1980 and 1981, it wouldn't qualify. Wish I still had that little car... (sigh)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rule Britannia! Dare I say it but the Infinity G coupe does have a little of this cars styling cues which is not a bad thing because Japan is not exactly on a styling roll these days.
      I think most of the stunning coupes share many of the same design elements which are all pleasing to the eye. Look at the AM DB7, the mid-1980's BMW 6 series, the original Ford Mustang 1946.5 to 1970, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and the first two generations of the Mercedes SEC coupe. They all share similar proportions of long hood, short rear deck and variations on a similar roof line and those available as a convertible give up some of that style, if it is possible for a convertible to give up style. No matter, the DB9 is the standard to which all coupes, past, present, and future, should be judged.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that car resembles the G35 coupe so much
        • 5 Years Ago
        AnonLover.......do everyone a favor and go stand in the corner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you can't be serious.

        Other than 2 doors and 4 wheels they have nothing in common.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol please enlighten us on the similarities of the two cars, I'm dying to know!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        anyone that knows cars can see the similarities
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same quarter panel, same shape tail lights, same lines in the rear
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Feel free to correct me but:
      - Ariel
      - Bristol
      - Caterham
      - Connaught
      - Dax
      - Ginetta
      - Invicta
      - Noble
      - Morgan
      - Ultima
      - Westfield
      are still British as far as I know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lol because its UK's only car worth being favorite of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well they could like Land Rovers or Lotus', but the sheer sexiness of this car catapults it beyond the others.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking at that picture, this shouldn't be a mystery. They are simply gorgeous!
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