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Top 10: Survivors from the 1960s

The 1960s saw Britain’s motor industry expanding at an impressive rate, with annual production rising from 1.35 million at the start of the decade to 1.7 million at the end. It also saw some of today’s best-loved classics launched – but which ones survive now in the highest numbers?

We’ve number-crunched the survival figures for all cars of the ’60s, and here are the results – interesting for featuring just one foreign-built model. The figures include both roadworthy examples and those currently declared SORN. So if you’ve a favourite model from the decade of miniskirts, The Beatles and Mary Quant, check out whether or not it’s a top survivor.

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Triumph Herald

2765 still registered in the UK

Launched at the same time as the Mini and Anglia 105E in 1959, Triumph’s smallest model enjoyed a twelve-year career and total sales of just under 486,000. That means it was a popular buy, albeit not as big a seller as its two contemporaries from BMC and Ford – which means its fourth-place survival ranking is very impressive.

A survival rate of less than 0.6% may not sound impressive, but for a small car that was launched at the end of the ’50s and was often overshadowed by bigger-selling rivals, it’s a decent effort. Interestingly, it’s not the only small Triumph to feature in this Top 10.  


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