By Tom Brett
11th June 2020

A Brief History of the Grand Tourer (Part 2)

The ’50s was undoubtedly the start of the GT era that has epitomised each decade of car manufacturing ever since. All the iconic GT cars resonate the style of the time and also the cultural and economical changes that occurred.

The swinging ’60s was no different and there were some beautiful cars that were produced, let’s take a look at the most iconic British GT cars of the pivotal decade.


This British classic was a great car, and didn’t necessarily cost the earth to buy, even in today’s climate. It had good looks but was seen as quite a heavy-handler. But with some suspension improvements and some modern tyres, this car has to be one of the best GT cars to come out of the sixties.

Jaguar E-type

Oky, so we know what Enzo Ferrari said about the car and I think many people would agree that it is one of the most beautiful ever made. These cars were the dream for anyone who started to make a buck as they had the exclusive price tag and luxurious features.

The series 1 is by far the most desirable option with its sleek body and iconic status. Buying an affordable example is now a thing of the past and many, even “project cars”, start at around £50,000 for a series 1 or 2.

Aston Martin DB5

When you think of James Bond you think of this car, and it is probably more famous than any of the actors that acted the role of the infamous character! The DB5 has absolutely everything and is definitely near the top of my wish list when I start to build up my classic car garage, although I would prefer a DB4.

Thank you for reading. We will be posting a few more articles on this topic in the near future, looking into the history of these beautiful cars further.



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