Recent research has exposed which familiar cars are at risk of vanishing from Britain’s roads and which are destined for the same fate in the next few years.
A car leasing specialist investigated vehicle licensing statistics provided by the Department of Transport and focused on data from between 1994 and 2017.
The Rarest Cars
The Morris Ital was discovered to be Britain’s rarest car, with only 32 models currently registered, in contrast to over 17,700 vehicles in 1994.
Once-popular cars such as the Vauxhall Chevette and Austin Allegro boasted 33,000 and 56,000 cars on the road in 1994, respectively. In 2017, there were fewer than 200 of each still on the road.
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It is also bad news for fans of Ford classic cars too, as numbers of well-known models such as the Ford Sierra have dropped a colossal 99 per cent. In 1994, over a million of us owned a Ford Sierra. Nowadays, there are only 2,638 in the UK.
The number of Ford Cortinas on Britain’s roads has also massively decreased. There were reportedly 119,778 Ford Cortinas in the UK in 1994, which has reduced by 97 per cent to merely 3,500 today.
However, Ford continues to be a popular choice of manufacturer for UK drivers. There are reportedly over 1.5 million Ford Fiesta cars in Britain.
The Cars Destined to Disappear
The research has also uncovered which cars are headed for the same fate as Ford Sierra, Morris Ital and other classics.
Shockingly, a number of cars that are at risk of becoming endangered in the years to follow include some best-selling models of only ten years ago.
Rated the tenth most owned car of 2008, numbers of Vauxhall Vectras have rapidly fallen in the past decade. Falling 72 per cent, there are around 157,000 cars in the UK compared to 579,000 ten years ago.
The Ford Mondeo, another top ten car of 2008, has not fared any better, with the number of cars declining by half to just 373,000 in the UK – down from 749,000 in 2008.
Other cars at risk of disappearing include the Ford KA, which has seen numbers reduce by around a third in ten years, from 440,000 to around 273,000.