With its wooden panels and distinctive curves, the Morris Minor is as English as a cup of tea or a cucumber sandwich.
And according to a survey, despite hot competition from the likes of Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce, it is the most quintessentially English of any car ever built.
The car was first introduced in 1948, but became a British icon after 1956 when a new engine was introduced which was constructed at the Long-bridge car plant in Birmingham.
Within five years it became the first British car to sell over one million units.
The Morris Minor, which was made in Cowley in Oxford, came top of a list compiled by the organisers of the British International Motor Show, which returns to London next week after being staged in Birmingham for the last 30 years.
Fans of the car yesterday said they were not surprised that it had beaten other notable British vehicles to take top place in the list.
Sandy Hamilton, from the Morris Minor Owner's Club, s aid: "The excellent Birmingham-made engine and non-aggressive shape encouraged people to love it.
"They need to be driven with love. They do not look like an aggressive car.
"They are practical and easy to maintain. You only need a little intelligence to service them.
"I know Minors that have run on three cylinders - instead of the normal four. It is popular with quite a lot of young people because they are quite simple to work on.
"It is popular with all social groups. It is classless. It does not matter if you are a duchess or a dustbin man.
"They are also very popular with young people today. I don't really want to say it, but I suppose they are considered to be quite cool."
The first Morris Minor, with its distinctive jelly-mould shape, rolled off the production line in 1948.
Its design was first conceived in 1943 by Alec Issigonis, who later designed the Mini.
Although Issigonis was more famous for his Mini design, he was most proud of the Morris Minor as it had many of the qualities of a good motor car, but was affordable to the working classes.
At first, sales of the Morris Minor flagged as o nly people in essential jobs, such as doctors, were allowed to own cars as British industry was being encouraged to export in the era of austerity. However the car's fortunes soon changed after the country's automobile industry merged into the British Motor Corporation in 1952.
After experimenting with smaller Austin engines in the mid 1950s, a 948cc engine was introduced in 1956 with the Minor 1000.
This modification, together with the replacement of a split windscreen with a curved one-piece one, and the enlargement of the rear window, transformed the Morris Minor. With pioneering front suspension and a comfortable interior, the Minor 1000 became the first British car to sell over one million in 1961.
The badge name on the side of the bonnet was modified to read "Minor 1,000,000" instead of the standard "Minor 1000".
However, the car would only last another 10 years as production ended in 1971 when it was considered too dated.