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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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Volkswagen Beetle

2698 still registered in the UK

Not far behind the Triumph Herald in terms of survivor numbers comes the ubiquitous Beetle, the biggest-selling single-platform car of all time – with an incredible 21 million built and sold around the world. So how come there are relatively few survivors (in percentage terms) from the ’60s?

The figures shown here relate to the UK, which started off the 1960s with foreign models accounting for just 7% of all new-car sales. And even at the end of the decade, just 14% of all cars sold were built overseas. The fact that a foreign cars appears at all in this list is perhaps surprising. 


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