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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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Triumph TR5
2947 built, 331 taxed, 60 SORN'd, survival rate - 13.3%

The Triumph TR5 had a short production run, and its high survival rate is probably down as much to its 18-month shelf life as any advantage over the other TR models. The TR5 was significant for being the first to receive the silky smooth six-cylinder overhead-valve power unit used in the 2000/2500 range - and what a difference it made.

Today, many owners enjoy the fast, smooth and easily fixed Triumph TR5s.


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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