Del Boy’s Reliant three-wheeler, the General Lee or Morse’s Jaguar? Find out which motor has been named Britons’ most iconic TV car of all time
- A poll of Boundless members decided which car show on TV is best
- The list includes The Saint’s Volvo P1800, Steed’s Bentley and Starsky & Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino
- We reveal the top 10 as voted for – but do you agree with the order chosen?
Want to know what’s been voted the most iconic car of all time to appear on the small screen according to British motorists?
A poll has revealed that Inspector Morse’s iconic Mark 2 Jaguar has taken the crown, with the fictional Oxford detective’s legendary burgundy motor – driven by the late John Thaw – defeating rivals such as Del Boy’s Reliant Regal three-wheeler van and The Saint’s classy Volvo P1800.
The definitive list of top television motors was put together by Boundless, the 230,000-strong membership club for public sector workers, which began life back in 1923 as the Civil Service Motoring Association.
Icon: Inspector Morse’s Mark 2 Jaguar has taken the crown as the most memorable motor from British TV of all time
Boundless asked an expert panel of five motoring journalists to nominate classic TV cars before 2,000 members voted on their favourites.
Morse’s Jaguar, which was released in 1959 in the UK and went out of production in 1967, was the clear winner.
It said this was not surprising, given that it was designed to embody the ideals of grace, pace and space.
With a top speed of 120mph it could reach 62mph 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 viewers.
Alex Drew, editor of Boundless magazine said: ‘If you’re going to interrogate lofty Oxford dons, then you may as well do it in style, and John Thaw, in the title role of popular TV series Inspector Morse, did exactly that in his burgundy Jag.
‘In the Colin Dexter novels, Morse drive a Lancia, but Thaw felt strongly that the detective would drive a British car and that, as they say, was that.’
Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Van from hit series Only Fools & Horses was voted at number 2 by Boundless members
The General Lee, famed for a bounty of stunts in TV Series Dukes of Hazzard, only 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 (Only Fools & Horses)
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. Batman’s Batmobile (Batman)
9. Knight Rider’s Pontiac Firebird ‘KITT’ (Knight Rider)
10. Brum (Brum)
Second on the list was a very different style of car – Del Boy’s 1967 three-wheeler Reliant Regal Supervan III.
Emblazoned, of course, with ‘Trotter’s Independent Traders’ on the side, it is possibly the most instantly recognisable car on British television, designed perfectly for comedy.
Third place went to Roger Moore’s Volvo P1800, in the television spy drama The Saint.
‘Celebrating its 60th birthday this June, the P1800 came to prominence in the early 1960s when it was driven by gentleman-cum-spy Simon Templar (played by Roger Moore), in The Saint,’ added Drew.
‘Moore loved the rather suave P1800 so much that he drove one off-screen as well as on.’
We at This is Money were disappointed to see a few legendary vehicles missing from the list – not least the GMC van from the A-Team and Philip Glenister’s Ashes to Ashes Audi Quattro.
KITT from Knight Rider was at number nine, behind the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch (left)
Brum rounded out the top ten, with no place for the A-Team GMC van or the Audi Quattro used in Ashes to Ashes
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