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Revealed: The 90s classics which are now endangered species on our roads

PUBLISHED: 06:59 19 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 19 May 2018

Ford Sierra. Photo Wikipedia/Norbert Schnitzler

Ford Sierra. Photo Wikipedia/Norbert Schnitzler

Wikipedia/Norbert Schnitzler

Once common cars are becoming endangered species on our roads, research shows.

Morris Ital. Photo: Wikipedia/ WinelightMorris Ital. Photo: Wikipedia/ Winelight

Numbers of some classic cars have reduced by as much as 99pc over 25 years.

The Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Mondeo are both declining fast, while numbers of Fiat 500s are rocketing.

Car leasing firm UK Carline analysed vehicle licensing figures from the Department of Transport, looking at data from 1994 to the end of 2017.

Austin Allegro. Photo: Wikipedia/DeFactoAustin Allegro. Photo: Wikipedia/DeFacto

It found the once-common Morris Ital was the rarest car in the UK, with just 32 vehicles currently registered, compared to more than 17,700 in 1994. The once popular Austin Allegro and Vauxhall Chevette which boasted 56,000 and 33,000 cars on the road respectively in 1994, now both have less than 200.

Classic Fords are disappeasring too. Numbers of Ford Sierras in the UK have dropped by 99pc, down to just 2,638 in 2017 from motre than 1m in 1994, while the number of Ford Cortinas on the road has dropped by 97pc from 119,778 in the mid-90s to less than 3,500 today.

The research also revealed which cars are heading the same way as these classics, and so could become ‘endangered’ in years to follow. Surprisingly, a number of the cars at risk were among the best-selling cars in the country just 10 years ago.

Fiat 500. Photo: Wikipedia/S 400 HYBRIDFiat 500. Photo: Wikipedia/S 400 HYBRID

Numbers of the Vauxhall Vectra, the tenth most popular car in 2008, have decreased rapidly, falling by nearly three quarters from 579,000 to just over 157,000. The Ford Mondeo, which also featured in the top 10 cars of 2008, has not fared well either, with numbers decreasing by half, from just under 749,000 to 373,000.

Other cars that are potentially in danger of vanishing from our roads in the future include the Ford Ka with numbers reducing by over a third from 440,000 to 273,000 in the last 10 years, while Fiat Puntos are also in steady decline, dropping by over two thirds to just 171,000.

Despite the number of some vehicles reducing over the last decade, many have thrived. Range Rovers have increased three-fold since 2008 from just over 100,000 to over 320,000. Numbers of Fiat 500s have increased from 14,000 in 2008 to more than 335,000 today.

Ford KA. Photo: Wikipedia/VauxfordFord KA. Photo: Wikipedia/Vauxford

Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline, said: “It’s disappointing to see that many once loved cars are seeing their numbers dwindle, and some are even in danger of disappearing from our roads completely.

“We hope our research raises awareness of the models in danger, and helps to keep them driving in the UK for a few extra years.”

Ford Mondeo. Photo: Wikipedia/VauxfordFord Mondeo. Photo: Wikipedia/Vauxford

Range Rover. Photo: Wikipedia/VauxfordRange Rover. Photo: Wikipedia/Vauxford

Vauxhall Chevette. Photo: Wikipedia/Rept0n1xVauxhall Chevette. Photo: Wikipedia/Rept0n1x


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