An Amazing Gathering Of Vintage British Cars In Downtown Boca Raton

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British vintage car enthusiasts gathered in a parking lot in downtown Boca Raton, Fla. over the weekend to ogle more than 150 classic cars, from Jaguars to Aston Martins.One very famous Lotus also made an appearance.

The event, sponsored by the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club of South Florida, drew hundreds of spectators. The Union Jack was omnipresent, and we even found one British car fanatic dressed in full bobby garb.

We were on hand to check out the scene.

Old cars were so much simpler. This elegant Jaguar XK140 uses a leather strap to hold the hood down.

There was also a bevy of Jaguar's notoriously unreliable grand tourer, the XJS. The hoods are up to show off the V12 engines, not because they are broken down.

We have not seen very many E-Types in colours other than British Racing Green. The steel colour on this series two car seems to suit it nicely.

The E-Type went through numerous iterations in its 15-year production run. This is a series three car, powered by the larger V12.

The Jaguar Mk II was one of the icons of touring car racing throughout the 1960s.

The TVR Griffith 400 is a rare sight anywhere in the world. The owner was eager to point out that his car was also an award winner.

Nobody has ever accused the under 30 horsepower MG D-Type of being a fast car.

Austin Healeys had a nice presence at the show as well.

This Healey actually appears to be a very rare 100M. These cars were built to compete at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Isuzu-powered 1990s Lotus Elan is known for being one of the best handling front wheel drive cars every built.

The Lotus Exige S is one of the most hardcore cars you can buy for use on the street.

The Lotus contingent was out in full force. The little red Elan in the middle is the car that inspired the modern Mazda Miata.

On the other side of the yellow Elise were two classic Lotus Europas.

The Lotus Esprit is one of the legends of the car world. It started production in 1976 and continued being sold new, albeit with a number of changes, until 2004.

But the Esprit is not even the longest surviving Lotus. Introduced in 1957, the Lotus Seven is still built today as the Caterham 7. The car seen here is one of a handful of the second series of Sevens that were made in left hand drive.

There were also some great examples of classic British luxury, like this 1951 Bentley.

Rolls-Royce also had cars there like this Silver Cloud.

While many people may know Triumph for its later sports cars, this 1946 Roadster was perfectly suited for touring.

There were also a few newer British luxury cars from the 1980s and 1990s.

This MGA was all decked out for running a grand tour.

It even had the luggage rack on the back since the MGA's trunk can be classified as totally useless.

It seems the Volvo-powered DeLorean DMC-12 earned entry because it was assembled in Northern Ireland.

We saw this semi-authentic British bobby standing with a Jensen Interceptor.

Aston Martin's futuristic Lagonda sedan made an appearance. The Lagonda is infamous for being incredibly complicated, amazingly unreliable, and quite ugly.

The Sunbeam Tiger is a cool Anglo/American mashup. British design was met with American power, courtesy of Ford.

The diminutive 1967 Riley Elf is a rebodied version of the iconic Mini Cooper.

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