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Top 10: Survivors from the 1970s

The ’70s were tough times for Britain’s motor industry, with a drop in production and a dramatic rise in sales of imported cars throughout the decade. Set that against a backdrop of poor industrial relations and over-complicated model ranges, and it’s easy to see why companies like British Leyland had problems.

At the start of the ’70s, Britain was building more than 1.6 million cars annually – a figure that fell to less than a million by 1980. By it wasn’t all bad news, for the ’70s saw some all-time greats produced. Check out these figures for the ten top survivors, which include the ones still in use and those that are SORN’d.

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Mini Clubman

2362 still registered in the UK

Another Mini featured in this list of 1970s survivors is the Clubman, the new flat-fronted model that arrived in time for the 1970 model year and survived right through to 1980. A total of 275,583 Clubman saloons (not including the sporty 1275GT) and 197,606 Clubman Estates were built.

If we assume a 1970s production total of around 450,000 Clubmans, today’s UK survival figure is around the 0.5% mark. That’s not bad, considering that a good proportion of that production total would have gone overseas. Nowadays, the Clubman is sought after among Mini-loving fans of all things ’70s.


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