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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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Ford Cortina - 497,706 registered

This list covers 1980-1989 – yet despite the Cortina only being produced for three of those years, it still manages to rank in seventh place. But that's partly due to sales of stock models into 1983 and beyond. The Cortina was the most popular car of the 1970s in Britain, and people continued to show their love for it long after it was replaced by the Sierra, with many buyers continuing to favour those stock models over the jellymould replacement. Like most of the cars on this list, relatively few remain despite huge sales. 


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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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