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By 7th February 2018No Comments
Article care of  bodyshop magazine 

​Research by a leading classic car insurer, ClassicLine has revealed that a number of once popular British classic cars are close to disappearing.

The list of top 10 most under threat cars in Britain has been published by the insurance specialists as part of it’s new ‘Save our Classics’ campaign. Taking the top spot on the list is the British Leyland built, Morris Ital. The new figures revealing that there are only 35 registered examples left.

The new data also highlights the decimation of the iconic Ford Sierra with over 64,000 being lost in the last decade. Less than one per cent of the total built now remain.

Other cars high on the Save our Classics list include the 1980’s best seller, the Austin Metro, the once popular Ford Cortina, the Austin Allegro, the Vauxhall Victor and the Hillman Avenger.

The new Save our Classics campaign, launched by ClassicLine encourages the preservation of British classic cars and has called for a number of incentives such as reducing the current UK road tax exemption from 40 years to 30 years to help enthusiasts maintain the dwindling stock.

Save our Classics Top 10    2015    2005    Amount built    % lost

Morris Ital (1980 – 1984)        35      185       175,276            99.98004
Austin Maxi (1969 – 1981)    140      318       472,098           99.97035
Austin Allegro (1973-1982)    170     543       642,340           99.97354
Vauxhall Chevette (1975 -84)  202   765        416,058           99.95145
Hillman Avenger (1970-1981)  215   291        638,631           99.96634
Morris Marina (1971 – 1980)   273    550       809,612           99.96629
Austin Metro (1980 – 1991)    464    8395    1,518,932          99.96946
Vauxhall Victor (1961 – 1978) 828    1050       827,159           99.8999
Ford Sierra (1982 – 1993)    3350    67817    3,470,524        99.90348
Ford Cortina                          3580    4967    4,154,902         99.91384

Tim Kelly

Tim is a highly qualified Independent Engineer with over 20 years experience as an Engineering Assessor of damaged vehicles.

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