Our top five American-powered British cars

Last updated 07:00 09/03/2014

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As Hennessey recently set a world production car speed record with a stretched Lotus Exige we thought we'd look at our pick of the best American-powered British cars from down the years.

Hennessey renamed their Lotus Exige the Venom GT and run it with a 7.0-litre, 927kW twin-turbo V8 to reach a top speed of 435.5 kmh last month.

Here's our top five picks of American-powered Brits:

AC Cobra

AC Cobra

Most often referred to as the Shelby American Cobra, there was no denying that while the 260, 289 and 427 cubic inch engines were courtesy of Ford, the rest came from a dear wee AC Ace roadster.

Sunbeam Tiger

Sunbeam Tiger

Shelby’s take on the Sunbeam Alpine also used 260 and 289 cubic inch Ford V8s. A little softer than the Cobra and a pleasant drive, it all had to end when Rootes was swallowed by Ford’s competitor, Chrysler.

Gordon Keeble GK1

Gordon Keeble GK1

Styled by Bertone, the Gorgeous four-seat GK1 used a 327 cubic inch Corvette engine and between 1963 and 1967 only 100 were built. Of those, 90  still exist and this beautiful car is fast and very desirable.

Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor

Jensen’s surprisingly modern Touring-designed Interceptor used Chrysler V8 engines from 383 to 440 cubic inches between 1966 and 1976. There was also a very rare FF four wheel drive version.

Ford GT40

Ford GT 40

It started as Eric Broadley’s Lola GT, before gaining Ford 289 and 427 V8 engines and aero changes to win at Le Mans – at the hands of Kiwis, of course. Later restricted to a 302 V8, it still managed to win.

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