7 Critically Endangered British Cars That Used to be Commonplace


1. Ford Cortina

Once a common sight on British roads, the cars contained in this gallery are now so rare that they risk disappearing altogether.
Read on to see what are officially now some of the rarest cars in Britain, starting with the Ford Cortina. According to How Many Left there are now only 3,814 remaining of the 4,154,902 Cortinas of all types produced between 1962 and 1982.

2. Ford Sierra

It’s another Ford in ninth. The Sierra replaced the much-loved Cortina in 1982 and 3,470,524 were built up to 1993. There were 67,817 left in the UK in 2005, but that figure has plummeted to 3,900.

3. Vauxhall Victor


The Vauxhall Victor is in eighth. Although its recent rate of decline is not as alarming as the Sierra's, there are now only 829 left compared with 1,050 a decade earlier.


4. Austin Metro



In seventh it’s the Austin Metro, shown here in swanky Vanden Plas spec. More than 1.5 million were made between 1980 and 1991 but only 478 are still registered. It soldiered on as the Rover 100-series until 1997.

5. Morris Marina



The sixth rarest everyday car in Britain is the Morris Marina. Only 550 were left in 2005 and that number has dwindled to 294, although;809,612 were produced between 1971 and 1980.

6. Hillman Avenger Tiger



It’s the Hillman Avenger in fifth. Despite 638,631 being made 1970-1981, only 229 survive. This is the sporty Tiger model.

7. Vauxhall Chevette



The visually challenged Vauxhall Chevette was sold as a three-door hatchback or estate and this four-door saloon. Only 232 of the 416,058 built are still on UK roads.

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