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Top 10: Learner cars of the 1980s and 1990s

If you learned to drive in the ’80s or ’90s and you had professional lessons, there’s every chance you were behind the wheel of one of the cars featured here. These were the models that proved popular with driving schools of the time – and to which we owe a debt of gratitude. 

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Ford Fiesta MkII

The first-gen Fiesta made inroads into the UK’s driving school market of the late ’70s, and its successor of 1983 continued that trend. The MkII Fiesta was a big hit with independent instructors in particular, thanks to its competitive pricing, easy driving style, low running costs (aided by cheap parts prices) and decent reliability. Okay, so the MkII Fiesta was little more than a heavily revised MkI (featuring a rounded front, a redesigned tailgate and a new dashboard), but instructors and pupils alike seemed to love it – despite the spartan trim level of the Popular and Popular Plus models of the time.

How many survived? There are currently 7273 Fiestas of the 1980s left, 1645 of them taxed – full details here


AlastairW    on 7 July 2017

I learnt in a Nova Antibes. The dreadful gearchange compared to a Mk 3 Escort put me off Vauxhall for a very long time.

Paul Neaves    on 18 July 2017

Never a good car especially if you hit anything at all .About as safe as a box of Eggs.

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