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Top 10: Classic Survivors 1950-1990

We've crunched the DVLA's data to come up with the top 10 hardiest classic cars in the UK. By that, we mean the percentage left taxed or SORN'd compared with how many were built in the first place - and it's interesting to see just how many of those cars come from the British specialist sector.

There are some holes in DVLA's data, notably with manufacturers such as AC, Ferrari and Lamborghini where the maker, and not model was recorded - so if you're a club secretary that happens to know definitive numbers of any  models, we'd love to hear from you.

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Lotus Europa
1580 built, 189 taxed, 129 SORN'd, survival rate - 20.1%

The mid-engined Lotus Europa was slow to pick up sales when it was launched in 1967 - with the much anticipated export drive failing to materialise. But once more powerful versions came on-stream and combined with UK sales, its fortunes began to pick up. It's a popular classic today, like all Lotuses, with a ready following and great club scene.

Values are also on the up after years in the doldrums, so don't expect survivor numbers to drop significantly in coming years.


TR5    on 23 July 2018

I presume you are talking of UK TR5's, in which case it was 1161 built. The rest were exported, so would not be recorded for taxed or sorn'd purposes.

There are also a few unscrupulous people who have converted TR250's and even TR4's and TR4a's into the spec of a TR5, and somehow got the DVLA to re-register them as TR5's, an activity that undermines the whole classic car fraternity.

There's a lot of dishonest Johns out there!

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