Top 10: Endangered cars from the 1980s
Ah, the ’80s… a decade that saw big changes in the world of motoring. Many of the most iconic models on today’s modern-classic scene were born in the 1980s, with healthy survival rates meaning plenty of choice for enthusiasts. But not every car from that period has survived in decent numbers.
In fact, there are quite a few models that could be considered endangered species – and we’ve selected ten top choices for you here. Some sold well but have virtually disappeared from our roads, while others were unpopular from day one. So which of these endangered classics of the ’80s do you most crave? Figures shown are for both taxed and SORN’d vehicles.
Alfa Romeo Arna – 2 survivors
Collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Nissan could (and should) have been a great match; the Italian marque might have benefited from an injection of Nissan-style reliability, while the Japanese brand might have learned how to make its cars charismatic and entertaining. But then along came the Arna.
Launched in 1984 and killed off by ’86, the Alfa Romeo Arna was built in Italy using a Cherry bodyshell and an Alfasud engine. Not surprisingly, it failed to sell in decent numbers in Britain and was ignored by previous Alfasud fans. Still, the two surviving Arnas at least have rarity appeal now.
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