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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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Aston Martin DBS
1301 built, 145 taxed, 48 SORN'd, survival rate - 14.8%

Another Aston Martin in the top 10 proves the enduring appeal of these cars. It was designed for a V8, but Aston Martin’s own engine wasn’t ready in time for launch, so it ended up being powered by the DB6’s 4.0-litre straight-six.

As a GT coupe for four, the 140mph DBS is still more than adequate, and it's testament to its timeless styling that almost 15 per cent of the total production remains in the UK.


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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