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Top 10: Britain's best-sellers of the last 50 years

The UK’s best-selling cars have changed in style over the decades, with today’s sales charts being dominated by superminis, family hatchbacks and crossovers. But it wasn’t always so. Remember the days when the Ford Cortina was consistently at number one, and foreign manufacturers struggled to get anywhere near the Top 10?

Amazingly though, despite many of the best-sellers of old having been out of production for many years, they’re still a force to be reckoned with when looking at overall figures for the last half a century. Check out our Top 10 sellers of the last 50 years.

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Vauxhall Astra – 2.9 million

When GM Europe badge-engineered the new front-wheel drive Opel Kadett – to create the first-generation Vauxhall Astra – in 1979, who could have predicted that the name would still be with us more than 35 years (and almost three million cars) later? A seventh-generation Astra is due to be unveiled later this year, which should ensure that Vauxhall’s family favourite continues to perform strongly in the UK’s sales charts. Not bad for a car whose original task was simply to replace the Vauxhall Viva.


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