Anew ‘Save our Classics’ campaign has been launched to encourage the preservation of endangered ‘everyday’ British cars. Using data obtained from the DVLA which reveals that many vehicles that were once a common sight on UK roads are declining at an alarming rate, insurer ClassicLine has compiled a list of the top 10 endangered cars.
Based on those registered in the UK, 75,624 have been lost in the last decade, with experts predicting that the numbers could continue to fall rapidly for some years to come. Motors that made the list include Eighties’ best-sellers the Austin Metro and the Ford Sierra. Those facing an equally bleak future include the once popular Ford Cortina, Austin Allegro and Vauxhall Victor.
The most endangered car in Britain is the Morris Ital. According to figures from the www.howmanyleft.co.uk website, only 35 registered examples remain.
The 10 most endangered British cars
|Make and model||Number left 2015||Number left 2005||Amount built||% lost|
|1. Morris Ital (1980-1984)||35||185||175,276||99.98004|
|2. Austin Maxi (1969-1981)||140||318||472,098||99.97035|
|3. Austin Allegro (1973-1982)||170||543||642,340||99.97354|
|4. Vauxhall Chevette (1975-1984)||202||765||416,058||99.95145|
|5. Hillman Avenger (1970-1981)||215||291||638,631||99.96634|
|6. Morris Marina (1971-1980)||273||550||809,612||99.96629|
|7. Austin Metro (1980-1991)||464||8395||1,518,932||99.96946|
|8. Vauxhall Victor (1961-1978)||828||1050||827,159||99.8999|
|9. Ford Sierra (1982-1993)||3350||67817||3,470,524||99.90348|
|10. Ford Cortina (1962-1982)||3580||4967||4,154,902||99.91384|
The new data also highlights the decimation of the Ford Sierra, one of the biggest selling cars of the Eighties and Nineties. With more than 64,000 being lost in the last decade, less than one per cent of the total built now remain.