YouTuber and car-fan extraordinaire Shmee probably had very little trouble tracking down the Top Gear film crew recently, as the group was putting together an episode that could accurately be described as "excessive." With its flag-waving (literally) Best of British theme, the TG guys gathered a jaw-dropping array of British cars, and parked them all right in front of Buckingham Palace to make extra sure that the point was driven home.

Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were outfitted with a trio of Jaguar F-Types festooned with gigantic Union Jacks, with which to survey the landscape of British motoring glory. In the video below, you'll see that this includes any number of Mini, Aston Martin, Lotus, McLaren, Land Rover, Bentley and Rolls-Royce models (just to name a few), as well as a healthy dose of weird stuff that most people would never guess at being built in the UK. The lawnmowers and military vehicles are especially cool.


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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      finally the british car nerds got their pride back :)
      Kwijiboz
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's that blue car behind the white London cab @1:41? I originally assumed Noble, but looks too good!
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      Ironically non of those brands are British anymore!!
        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        Sadly that is mostly true. Though I would call RR, Aston and Jag still brit as the factories and R&D are still there, just as I still call Chrysler American. Naturally you also got those totally Brit brands like Ariel, Caterham and McLaren.
        Poe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        From what I can tell, Aston Martin and McLaren are still British-owned (correct?). Mini, RR, and Bentley are German-owned, Land Rover and Jaguar are Indian-owned, and Lotus is Malaysian-owned.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Poe
          [blocked]
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        Sadly true. Isn't the new owner of TVR a Brit? That would make TVR one of the few true British car companies.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only british car I see here is the Mclaren. The others are only put together in Britain and some not even that... not much to be proud of.
      Bloomsbury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blah blah blah not British. There's nothing wrong with celebrating British design or technology. The UK is still one of the most important countries in the world when it comes to design and R&D, particularly when it comes to motorsport. No doubt that the rest of the world all wants a piece of that though. and they certainly have the money! I bet there are a lot of British companies and wealthy individuals kicking themselves for not buying Jaguar Land Rover when they had the chance... just goes to show what good management can do! Makes you wonder what other companies could have been saved. It's happening all over the world, I mean the god damn Chrysler building is foreign-owned! Doesn't make it any less impressive though.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bloomsbury
        The US basically looked at what the UK did and DIDNT do the same thing. If they chose to let GM flounder back in 09 they would be a Chinese company now, much like UKs beloved Jag / Rover is now Indian owned (yuk). Its not just Jag/Rover, they let ALL of them die. The only one left is that silly motorcycle powered 3-wheeler Morgan thing, what a legacy! (not). If I had the means I would make BMW an offer they couldn't refuse for Triumph and bring that brand back guns blazin'. They could do a couple coupe/roadsters similar to the F-type for $35K. A sporty mini/fiat 500 fighter for $26K and then take it from there. Just platform share with anyone that's willing to help.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          More cars are built in Britain now than during the height of British Leyland in the 1970s.
      aatbloke1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the teenagers on here with no concept whatsoever of corporate domiciliary or structure. Jaguar is a British company with an Indian holding company. But Tata's shareholders multinational. Chrysler is an American company with an Italian holding company. But that parent has multinational shareholders. Ford of Europe is a German domiciled company with an American holding company, and likewise, the shareholders of that parent are multinational. The cars in the photo are all products of British companies. The nationality of the shareholders is irrelevant, and the utilisation of platforms and engines from other companies within a conglomerate is simply sound business acumen and enables the brands to continue production and appeal to motoring enthusiasts.
        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        You're clutching at straws bloke. The downfall of British automotive manufacturing is historic. What exists now is in namesake only.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      These people are such suckers for their home brands. Americans could learn a thing or two about promoting their own industries.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        muuuhahahahaha. americans are sooooo full of themselves if a new cars turns out to be good eventually. (new caddies, tesla)
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sure, they're mostly German cars. But the royal family they also have to bow and scrape to are also a bunch of Germans.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        just because the mother brands are german (or indian) doesn't mean the cars are all german too. there still are a lot of brits envolved.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are still some small British owned automakers around. Morgan,Bristol,Noble etc.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Name me one wholly American owned automaker which isn't in a niche market. And don't say Ford or GM - both are publicly owned by multinational shareholders.
      Eduardo Maal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw some Nissans and a Honda. Maybe they're going to troll the Japanese?
      Giom
      • 1 Year Ago
      More like: Best of Germany. Funny how they don't see it...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giom
        [blocked]
      Cornel001
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they all got German engines ?
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