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Top 10 Selling Cars of the 1980s

The 1980s was an era of excess - hot hatches, yuppies flashing their cash, crazy hair and sports cars - so it's easy to forget about the cars that were once the mainstay of UK roads. We've gathered the sales data for the 80s - here are the ten bestsellers, and they're not all as exciting as the music and the clothes... Sales figures are for 1980-1989 inclusive. 

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Austin Metro - 913,336 registered

Billed as the 'British car to beat the world' when it was launched amid a barrage of flag-waving patriotism in October 1980, the Metro initially sold like hot cakes, and seemed like the light at the end of a very long tunnel for BL's embattled dealers. Not many survive today – rust, apathy and the cars’ suitability as an engine donor for Minis has ensured that. Those that remain aren’t worth much, aside from super-rare MG Turbos and Vanden Plas 500 models. 


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Roarke    on 27 March 2017

i had a 1985 first 1.8 model - the remarkable thing about it was the torque - this thing didn't recognise hills, it romped up them just as quick as on the flat. Never had a car like it.

21Twinkle    on 12 April 2017

Do you not mean 1.6 ?
1.8 diesel (Endura) was introduced in 1988 !!
1.8 Zetec came much later - about 1995 !

rob thailand    on 14 April 2017

Well I had an A reg 1800 with an optional 5 speed gearbox. Also a C , E , F (Saphire) and H reg 1800 all new company cars. so I think Twinkle you are slightly misinformed.

Didier Ziane    on 1 May 2017

Sap{p}hire was a Sierra, wasn't it?

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