Del Boy’s Reliant tricycle, General Lee or Morse’s Jaguar? Find out which engine has been named the most iconic TV car of all time
- A poll of Boundless members has decided which car show on TV is best
- The list includes The Volvo P1800 from The Saint, Steed’s Bentley and Ford Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch
- We reveal the top 10 voted for – but do you agree with the chosen order?
Want to know what British motorists say has been voted the most iconic car of all time to appear on the small screen?
A poll found that Inspector Morse’s iconic Mark 2 Jaguar took the cake with the legendary Burgundy engine of the fictional Oxford detective – powered by the late John Thaw – rivals such as Del Boy’s Reliant Regal tricycle and the stylish Volvo P1800 of The Saint beats. .
The definitive list of the best television engines was compiled by Boundless, the 230,000-member public sector workers’ club, which began in 1923 as the Civil Service Motoring Association.
Icon: Inspector Morse’s Mark 2 Jaguar has emerged as the most memorable British TV engine of all time
Boundless asked an expert panel of five auto journalists to nominate classic TV cars before 2,000 members voted for their favorites.
Morse’s Jaguar, which was released in the UK in 1959 and went out of production in 1967, was the clear winner.
It said this was not surprising since it was designed to embody the ideals of grace, pace and space.
With a top speed of 120 miles per hour, he could reach 62 miles per hour from a standing start in 11.9 seconds, and even if actor Thaw once said it was a ‘beggar to drive’, it had a huge impact on the viewers.
Alex Drew, editor of Boundless magazine said, “If you’re going to question high Oxford down, you might as well do it in style, and John Thaw, in the title role of popular TV series Inspector Morse, did just that in his burgundy Jag.
“In the Colin Dexter novels, Morse drives a Lancia, but Thaw was firmly convinced that the detective would drive a British car and that, as they say, was.”
Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Van from the hit series Only Fools & Horses was chosen at number 2 by Boundless members
General Lee, famous for an abundance of stunts on the TV series Dukes of Hazzard, was just squeezed into the top five
Top 10 most iconic cars to appear on TV
1. Morse’s Mk2 Jaguar (Inspector Morse)
2. Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Van (fools and horses only)
3. The Saint’s Volvo P1800 (The Saint)
4. Steed’s Bentley (The Avengers)
5. The General Lee, Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard)
6. Starsky & Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch)
7. Magnum PI’s Ferrari 308 (Magnum PI)
8. Batmobile from Batman (Batman)
9. Pontiac Firebird ‘KITT’ from Knight Rider (Knight Rider)
10. Brum (Brum)
Second on the list was a completely different style of car – Del Boy’s 1967 tricycle Reliant Regal Supervan III.
Embellished, of course, with ‘Trotter’s Independent Traders’ next to it, it is arguably the most instantly recognizable car on British television, perfectly designed for comedy.
Third place went to Roger Moore’s Volvo P1800, in the television spy drama The Saint.
“The P1800 celebrated its 60th anniversary in June and came to the fore in the early 1960s when it was piloted by Mr. cum spy Simon Templar (played by Roger Moore) in The Saint,” added Drew.
“Moore liked the rather soft P1800 so much that he drove it both outside and on the screen.”
We at This is Money were disappointed to see a few legendary vehicles missing from the list – not least the A-Team’s GMC bus and Philip Glenister’s Ashes to Ashes Audi Quattro.
Knight Rider’s KITT was number nine, behind Starsky & Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino (left)
Brum rounded out the top ten, with no room for the A-Team GMC van or the Audi Quattro used in Ashes to Ashes
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