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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 Orion - 384,381 registered

Arguably you could call the Ford Orion an Escort Saloon, which would give the Escort an even greater margin in the number one spot. But Ford's main push with the Orion was to attract former Cortina owners who were put off by the Sierra's radical styling. Despite appealing to a more conservative clientele than the Escort, the Orion did end up featuring a couple of performance models, which are still in demand today - the XR3i-engined 1.6i Ghia, and Tickford-trimmed 1600E. The Orion is relatively rare now, and is cheap to buy. 

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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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