Out with the old and in with the new? Some of Britain’s once loved cars are now nearing extinction – check out the top ten most endangered car species below.
The Ford Cortina has gone from being one of the most common to one of the rarest models on the roads. From 4,154,902 Cortinas (of all types) produced between 1962 and 1982, there are less than 3,000 remaining.
Notable for its trailblazing aerodynamic design, The Ford Sierra was the Ford Cortina’s replacement in 1982, with 3,470,524 manufactured. Of the much-revered vehicle’s total number, less than 3,000 remains.
Between 1957 and 1976, 827,159 Vauxhall Victors were manufactured. At one point, the Vauxhall Victor was Britain’s most exported car with sales in the many right-hand drive markets such as the USA and Sri Lanka. Today, less than 1,000 remain on the roads.
The Austin Metro was manufactured between 1980 and 1998, going by a number of different names including the MG Metro and Rover Metro. Out of the 1,518,932 manufactured, under 500 are still registered.
Despite its popularity and its global presence in the 1970s, the Morris Marina has been ranked as one of the worst cars ever built. This may explain why only 200 or so remain of the 809,612 manufactured between 1971 and 1980.
Hillman Avenger Tiger
The Hillman Avenger Tiger went by around a dozen or so monikers in its various forms around the world. Of the 638,631 originally made, around 200 are still in existence.
The Vauxhall Chevette was a supermini car, made by Vauxhall between 1975 and 1984, the name Chevette intending to mean a small Chevrolet. Less than 200 models remain from the 416,058 initially created.
The Austin Allegro was produced between 1973 and 1982. Save for its Italian equivalent, the Innocenti Regent, the majority of Austin Allegro’s were sold at home in the UK. From the original 642,340 less than 200 remains.
The Austin Maxi was the first five-door hatchback to be fitted with a five-speed transmission (i.e. 5 gears and 1 reverse gear) in Britain. Between 1969 and 1981, 472,098 were built of which under 140 remains.
The Morris Ital was the descendant of the Morris Marina and is currently the most endangered car in the UK. Out of 175,276 less than 30 exist today.