Rescue mission for British classics

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 – 1984) 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