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The MoT Files: 1980s results

Published 11 May 2012
  
  

The 1980s MoT data makes fascinating reading, with the glass fibre Lotus Esprit proving to be a dominant force. Of course, its excellent performance is down to a number of factors - low volumes, a rust-free body (if not structure), and an enthusiast owner base.

Make Model Year of Registration Number of MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Lotus Esprit 1987 60 87%
BMW 3-Series M3 1989 81 84%
Porsche 911 1989 360 82%
Lotus Esprit 1986 64 80%
Lotus Esprit 1984 53 79%
Ford Escort 1980 737 78%
Ford Sierra 1987 555 76%
Lotus Eclat 1989 51 75%
Ford Sierra 1986 341 74%
Porsche 911 1988 105 73%
Vauxhall Chevette 1981 52 73%
Lotus Esprit 1985 60 72%
Porsche 911 1987 281 72%
Lotus Eclat 1987 68 71%
Ford Cortina 1981 135 70%
BMW 3-Series M3 1987 54 70%
Lotus Eclat 1986 53 70%
Porsche 928 1988 155 70%
Ford Sierra 1983 201 70%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1987 112 70%
Ford Sierra 1988 555 70%
MG MGB 1981 938 70%
Porsche 928 1987 98 69%
TVR Tasmin 1989 62 69%
Toyota Celica 1985 62 69%
Porsche 928 1986 114 69%
Mitsubishi Colt 1987 51 69%
Porsche 911 1980 152 68%
Lotus Esprit 1988 101 68%
MG MGB 1982 91 68%
Jaguar XJS 1987 188 68%
Triumph Dolomite 1981 50 68%
Toyota Camry 1988 50 68%
Ford Sierra 1985 112 68%
Reliant Scimitar 1987 56 68%
Ford Cortina 1980 96 68%
Ford Escort 1983 371 67%
Rover Metro 1989 97 67%
Ford Capri 1987 651 67%
Ford Sierra 1984 242 67%
Mercedes-Benz 350 1980 130 67%
Porsche 928 1989 151 67%
Ford Orion 1987 57 67%
Land Rover Range Rover 1981 75 67%
Reliant Scimitar 1981 72 67%
Reliant Scimitar 1985 105 67%
Porsche 928 1983 72 67%
Rover P6 1984 77 66%
Volvo 240 1982 77 66%
Toyota Camry 1987 62 66%
Rover P6 1986 56 66%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1984 53 66%
Daimler Sovereign 1983 53 66%
Jaguar XJS 1982 53 66%
Porsche 911 1981 155 66%
Jaguar XJ 1982 58 66%
Ford Cortina 1982 368 65%
Toyota Supra 1987 55 65%
Lotus Eclat 1985 55 65%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1989 214 65%
Ford Escort 1985 720 65%
Volkswagen Jetta 1986 52 65%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1986 83 65%
Ford Sierra 1989 994 65%
Porsche 928 1984 77 65%
Jaguar XJS 1984 114 65%
Porsche 911 1986 335 65%
Ford Granada 1987 105 65%
Nissan Patrol 1989 51 65%
Ford Granada 1986 79 65%
Mercedes-Benz 300 1988 1079 65%
Lotus Esprit 1989 104 64%
Citroen 2CV 1987 129 64%
Vauxhall Astra 1984 78 64%
Mercedes-Benz 250 1989 64 64%
Jaguar XJS 1986 189 64%
Ford Granada 1982 136 64%
Volvo 740 1985 97 64%
BMW 6-Series 1989 185 64%
Land Rover Range Rover 1984 127 64%
Ford Sierra Sapphire 1989 196 64%
Toyota Carina E 1989 55 64%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1982 206 64%
Austin Metro 1986 74 64%
Jaguar XJ 1985 52 63%
Jaguar XJ 1983 82 63%
Land Rover Range Rover 1987 344 63%
Triumph TR7 1981 401 63%
BMW 5-Series 1984 60 63%
Mercedes-Benz 450 1980 152 63%
Mercedes-Benz 300 1987 721 63%
Triumph Acclaim 1983 132 63%
Ford Capri 1980 140 63%
Land Rover Range Rover 1985 137 63%
Porsche 911 1982 145 63%
Toyota Supra 1988 75 63%
BMW 6-Series 1987 83 63%
Mercedes-Benz 300 1986 423 63%
Audi 100 1988 91 63%
Volvo 340 1985 69 62%
Vauxhall Chevette 1983 61 62%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1985 151 62%
Vauxhall Nova 1985 190 62%
Toyota Celica 1989 95 62%
Porsche 944 1982 95 62%
Porsche 944 1986 591 62%
Ford Escort 1981 174 62%
Porsche 928 1985 87 62%
Ford Capri 1985 453 62%
Jaguar XJ 1989 171 62%
Mercedes-Benz 300 1989 1393 62%
Land Rover Range Rover 1982 97 62%
BMW 3-Series 1981 97 62%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1986 110 62%
Suzuki SJ 1985 68 62%
TVR S-Series 1989 102 62%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1988 306 62%
Ford Escort 1982 251 62%
BMW 7-Series 1989 183 62%
Toyota Corolla 1986 141 62%
Ford Capri 1982 227 62%
BMW 5-Series 1983 60 62%
Ford Sierra Sapphire 1988 117 62%
Land Rover Range Rover 1986 187 61%
Triumph Acclaim 1984 83 61%
Vauxhall Astra 1985 57 61%
Renault 5 1986 152 61%
Peugeot 205 1985 100 61%
Reliant Scimitar 1980 125 61%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1983 51 61%
Porsche 944 1989 833 61%
BMW 5-Series 1985 140 61%
Porsche 924 1980 89 61%
Ford Capri 1981 180 61%
Ford Capri 1986 709 61%
Triumph TR7 1982 296 60%
Jaguar XJ 1984 53 60%
Triumph TR7 1980 433 60%
BMW 5-Series 1988 377 60%
Austin Metro 1987 98 60%
MG MGB 1980 882 60%
Triumph Acclaim 1982 98 60%
Porsche 944 1987 412 60%
Ford Fiesta 1981 236 60%
Ford Orion 1988 138 60%
Ford Capri 1983 469 60%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1989 1461 60%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1985 378 60%
Austin Metro 1985 75 60%
Porsche 928 1982 50 60%
Toyota Carina 1987 70 60%
Alfa Romeo Spider 1989 87 60%
Ford Capri 1984 591 60%
Volvo 760 1987 109 60%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1987 421 60%
MG Midget 1980 376 60%
Ford Granada 1985 242 60%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1989 269 59%
Volvo 360 1988 74 59%
BMW M5 1986 59 59%
Ford Escort 1986 599 59%
Jaguar XJS 1989 272 59%
Triumph Spitfire 1981 198 59%
SAAB 9000 1989 83 59%
Rover P6 1985 100 59%
BMW 7-Series 1988 156 59%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1983 51 59%
Ford Escort 1984 344 59%
Nissan Sunny 1985 75 59%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1989 452 59%
Porsche 924 1988 145 59%
Volvo 240 1984 145 59%
Toyota MR2 1987 369 59%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1984 101 58%
Volvo 340 1989 365 58%
BMW 7-Series 1987 79 58%
Honda Accord 1986 55 58%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1983 308 58%
Jaguar XJS 1983 74 58%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1985 74 58%
Ford Escort 1987 827 58%
Land Rover Defender 110 1985 529 58%
BMW 3-Series 1986 593 58%
Porsche 944 1984 245 58%
Ford Orion 1985 57 58%
Volvo 240 1985 76 58%
Vauxhall Nova 1986 178 58%
Austin Maestro 1987 83 58%
Porsche 944 1988 543 58%
Land Rover Defender 110 1983 377 58%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1988 642 58%
Isuzu Trooper 1989 71 58%
Triumph Dolomite 1980 210 58%
Ford Orion 1989 292 58%
Porsche 924 1987 153 58%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1987 160 58%
Porsche 944 1983 188 57%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1988 155 57%
FIAT Uno 1987 54 57%
Reliant Scimitar 1986 68 57%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1986 541 57%
Ford Granada 1983 192 57%
Volkswagen Golf 1980 96 57%
Porsche 924 1986 302 57%
Toyota Land Cruiser 1989 117 57%
Toyota MR2 1985 117 57%
Ford Granada 1988 175 57%
Mitsubishi Colt 1989 70 57%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1981 72 57%
MG Metro 1989 65 57%
Ford Granada 1984 239 57%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1988 605 57%
Vauxhall Astra 1988 213 57%
BMW 6-Series 1988 162 57%
Land Rover Range Rover 1989 602 57%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1986 166 57%
BMW 3-Series 1985 274 57%
Mercedes-Benz 190 1986 283 57%
Vauxhall Nova 1984 92 57%
Porsche 924 1985 154 56%
Land Rover Range Rover 1983 108 56%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1984 62 56%
Volvo 360 1989 62 56%
Austin Maestro 1989 133 56%
Ford Fiesta 1983 399 56%
BMW 3-Series 1989 3083 56%
Peugeot 205 1986 275 56%
Toyota Corolla 1985 119 56%
Ford Fiesta 1980 135 56%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1987 539 56%
Ford Escort 1988 1612 56%
Toyota Celica 1988 73 56%
Land Rover Defender 90 1984 821 56%
Volvo 740 1986 271 56%
Suzuki SJ 1989 214 56%
Nissan Sunny 1986 182 56%
Mercedes-Benz 230 1984 323 56%
Triumph Spitfire 1980 191 56%
Isuzu Trooper 1988 50 56%
Mitsubishi Colt 1988 75 56%
Mitsubishi Galant 1989 50 56%
Land Rover Range Rover 1988 529 56%
Jaguar XJS 1988 186 56%
BMW 3-Series 1988 1693 56%
Jaguar XJS 1985 199 56%
Land Rover Defender 90 1985 1701 56%
Nissan Bluebird 1989 715 56%
Ford Fiesta 1984 212 56%
Austin Metro 1988 198 56%
Mercedes-Benz SEC 1985 99 56%
Nissan Micra 1985 135 56%
Volvo 760 1988 245 56%
Toyota Supra 1989 238 55%
Nissan Bluebird 1988 339 55%
Audi 80 1987 83 55%
Suzuki SJ 1987 240 55%
Toyota Camry 1989 94 55%
Peugeot 205 1987 556 55%
BMW 5-Series 1986 221 55%
Volvo 340 1988 319 55%
Austin Metro 1989 377 55%
BMW 3-Series 1987 1026 55%
Ford Fiesta 1986 339 55%
Citroen BX 1989 127 55%
BMW 5-Series 1989 653 55%
SAAB 900 1987 213 55%
Austin Maestro 1986 82 55%
Land Rover Defender 110 1984 590 55%
FIAT Uno 1989 117 55%
Mazda 626 1989 128 55%
Volkswagen Corrado 1989 75 55%
Porsche 924 1983 194 55%
Ford Escort 1989 2616 55%
Peugeot 309 1986 55 55%
BMW 3-Series 1982 215 54%
SAAB 900 1988 309 54%
Volkswagen Golf 1984 468 54%
Ford Fiesta 1985 260 54%
BMW 3-Series 1983 155 54%
Toyota MR2 1988 576 54%
Rover 200 1989 98 54%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1985 98 54%
Jaguar XJ 1988 111 54%
Volvo 240 1987 387 54%
FIAT Uno 1988 115 54%
Land Rover Defender 90 1988 1939 54%
Peugeot 309 1988 177 54%
Vauxhall Carlton 1989 69 54%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1984 69 54%
Vauxhall Astra 1989 448 54%
Volvo 340 1986 114 54%
Toyota MR2 1989 724 53%
Mitsubishi Shogun 1987 103 53%
Toyota Corolla 1988 324 53%
Ford Fiesta 1987 551 53%
Renault 5 1989 626 53%
Citroen BX 1988 75 53%
Porsche 924 1984 165 53%
Suzuki SJ 1986 210 53%
SAAB 900 1985 107 53%
Land Rover Defender 110 1988 873 53%
Volvo 760 1986 62 53%
Suzuki SJ 1988 305 53%
Nissan Bluebird 1987 290 53%
BMW 6-Series 1985 98 53%
Ford Fiesta 1982 328 53%
Honda Prelude 1988 66 53%
Nissan Sunny 1987 364 53%
Austin Mini 1980 825 53%
Mazda 323 1988 219 53%
Land Rover Defender 90 1986 2032 53%
Volvo 240 1986 170 53%
Audi 80 1988 140 53%
Honda Accord 1989 210 53%
Volvo 740 1987 526 53%
Nissan Micra 1987 410 53%
Porsche 924 1981 150 53%
Toyota Space Cruiser 1989 76 53%
Volvo 240 1988 569 53%
Volvo 240 1983 80 53%
Volkswagen Golf 1981 221 52%
Land Rover Defender 90 1987 1981 52%
Nissan Micra 1986 292 52%
Land Rover Discovery 1989 84 52%
Toyota MR2 1986 214 52%
Volvo 760 1989 258 52%
Volkswagen Passat 1987 65 52%
Land Rover Range Rover 1980 65 52%
Austin Mini 1983 610 52%
Nissan 200 SX 1989 113 52%
Ford Fiesta 1989 1460 52%
Mazda 323 1987 161 52%
Daihatsu Fourtrak 1987 73 52%
Peugeot 405 1989 125 52%
Porsche 944 1985 400 52%
FIAT Panda 1989 150 52%
Mercedes-Benz 300 1983 52 52%
Peugeot 205 1984 52 52%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1985 553 52%
Vauxhall Astra Belmont 1989 54 52%
Land Rover Defender 90 1989 2394 52%
Toyota Corolla 1987 224 52%
Austin Metro 1983 56 52%
Volkswagen Jetta 1988 89 52%
Volvo 240 1989 819 52%
BMW M5 1987 62 52%
Ford Granada 1989 157 52%
Renault 5 1988 384 52%
Nissan Prairie 1989 64 52%
Suzuki Vitara 1989 97 52%
BMW 3-Series 1984 163 52%
Land Rover Defender 110 1986 623 52%
Volkswagen Polo 1984 200 52%
Mazda MX-5 1989 408 51%
Mitsubishi Shogun 1988 138 51%
Volvo 740 1989 1775 51%
Volkswagen Golf 1983 1461 51%
Austin Mini 1982 611 51%
Toyota Corolla 1989 544 51%
SAAB 900 1989 457 51%
Volvo 340 1987 172 51%
Honda Civic 1988 151 51%
Citroen Dyane 1982 53 51%
FIAT Panda 1987 53 51%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1987 169 51%
Mazda 121 1989 63 51%
Porsche 924 1982 128 51%
Toyota Land Cruiser 1988 69 51%
Land Rover Defender 88 1980 594 51%
Mazda 626 1988 75 51%
Nissan Sunny 1989 618 51%
Peugeot 205 1988 1203 51%
Volvo 740 1988 1207 51%
Volkswagen Jetta 1989 162 51%
Daihatsu Fourtrak 1988 162 51%
BMW 5-Series 1987 336 51%
Vauxhall Astra 1987 172 51%
Honda Civic 1986 87 51%
Vauxhall Nova 1987 180 51%
Ford Fiesta 1988 1037 51%
Nissan Micra 1988 753 50%
Honda Prelude 1989 127 50%
Land Rover Defender 110 1989 1165 50%
BMW 6-Series 1984 66 50%
Honda Accord 1988 98 50%
Lancia Delta 1989 72 50%
Toyota Celica 1987 76 50%
Vauxhall Carlton 1988 68 50%
SAAB 900 1984 70 50%
Nissan Bluebird 1986 124 50%
Renault 4 1985 54 50%
Vauxhall Nova 1988 485 50%
Land Rover Defender 88 1983 750 50%
Volkswagen Polo 1986 302 50%
Toyota Hi-Lux 1989 329 50%
Daihatsu Fourtrak 1989 208 50%
Volkswagen Golf 1985 612 50%
Austin Mini 1981 487 49%
Daihatsu Sportrak 1989 95 49%
Renault 5 1987 162 49%
Vauxhall Astra 1983 73 49%
Toyota Carina 1988 136 49%
Mazda RX-7 1989 67 49%
Nissan 300 ZX 1989 63 49%
Nissan Micra 1989 1380 49%
Citroen AX 1988 104 49%
Citroen AX 1989 145 49%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1989 239 49%
Land Rover Defender 88 1984 366 49%
Nissan Sunny 1988 489 49%
Land Rover Defender 88 1981 569 49%
Volkswagen Polo 1988 578 49%
Mitsubishi Shogun 1989 191 49%
Mazda 323 1989 300 49%
Austin Mini 1984 728 49%
Peugeot 309 1987 142 49%
Peugeot 205 1989 2126 49%
BMW 6-Series 1986 132 48%
Austin Mini 1985 860 48%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1988 193 48%
Volkswagen Polo 1983 110 48%
Volkswagen Polo 1985 274 48%
Peugeot 309 1989 316 48%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1986 127 48%
Land Rover Defender 88 1982 721 48%
Volkswagen Golf 1982 534 48%
Land Rover Defender 110 1987 668 48%
Vauxhall Cavalier 1989 345 48%
Toyota Carina 1989 249 48%
Vauxhall Astra 1986 61 48%
Volkswagen Polo 1989 953 48%
Vauxhall Nova 1989 634 47%
FIAT Panda 1988 99 47%
Austin Mini 1987 1072 47%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1984 448 47%
Austin Maestro 1988 122 47%
Mazda 121 1988 73 47%
Nissan Prairie 1987 71 46%
Volkswagen Passat 1989 142 46%
Volkswagen Golf 1989 3824 46%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1988 236 46%
Volkswagen Golf 1987 1336 46%
Renault 4 1986 52 46%
Renault 5 1985 76 46%
Nissan Prairie 1988 81 46%
Honda Civic 1989 410 45%
Austin Mini 1988 1290 45%
Volkswagen Golf 1986 878 45%
Volkswagen Golf 1988 2249 45%
Audi 100 1989 128 45%
Austin Mini 1989 2099 44%
Honda Civic 1987 108 44%
Mazda 323 1986 79 44%
Rover Mini 1989 295 44%
SAAB 900 1986 123 44%
Volkswagen Scirocco 1987 156 44%
Volkswagen Polo 1987 335 44%
Peugeot 505 1989 53 43%
Volkswagen Polo 1982 89 43%
Austin Mini 1986 920 42%
Renault 19 1989 174 40%
Honda Accord 1987 65 40%
Volkswagen Caravelle 1983 126 40%
Citroen C25 1989 85 39%
Renault 11 1988 56 38%
Audi 80 1989 209 37%
Volvo 480 1989 68 28%

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