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Top 20: Endangered British cars that need saving in 2021

Here's the top 20 you've been waiting for. We've compiled a list of the most endangered British family cars - and have done so by comparing the number of cars originally made with those left on the roads today. And it'll leave you asking, 'where are they now?'

And this selection of cars is fascinating - pretty much all of them littered the UK roads as recently as 10 years ago, and now, you'll be lucky to spot one at a classic car meeting. And that's the scary thing - the low survival rate. A number of these cars had more than a million made, and yet there are hundreds - or dozens - left. And even the least endangered car on our list has a survival rate of less than 1%. One other factor to emerge from this list is that the 1980s cars are particularly vulnerable - because their passage into popular classic status is yet to happen, and their disappearance has been hastened by needless scrappage and artifically low market values in recent years.

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Austin Allegro  
642,340 built and 291 remaning in the UK, for a total of 0.0453% left

The pudding-shaped Allegro is so embedded in British popular culture, that it's shocking to learn that there are fewer than 300 taxed and SORN'd examples left on our roads. For many years, the Allegro was synonymous with the failure of the British car industry, and when it was new, it failed to sell in the numbers expected by its maker. That was probably down to its unappealing styling, high prices, poor build quality, and all-round lack of showroom sparkle.

Today, with the whiff of failure now 40 years in its wake, it's now seen as a quirky and sensibly-cheap to run classic car witha growing following. But they Allegro is still disappearing off the roads, and now heads up the endangered list - buy and protect one today.


   on 17 April 2017

A cracking car - easy to put stuff in the enormous boot and could climb up snow covered passes in the Alps better than any Volvo, Merc or Beamer - massively underrated

stephen guy    on 27 December 2017

Inaccuracies, John Cleese thrashed an Austin 1100 not a Maxi and the Singer Sunbeam was an upmarket Imp the Chrysler Sunbeam was a different car.

bobber    on 4 April 2018

Triumph Acclaim was built (assembled) at Cowley North Works alongside Ambassadors and the last of the Rover SD1s. Proof - as stated in the text - that BL's workers could build a decent car, provided the engineering and componentry was of a decent standard. Cowley products of this era were designed and developed at Longbridge (BL Headquarters) where bosses couldn't give a hoot for Cowley. Ironic that the Acclaim was the best product in terms of quality and reliability, and that BMW (spurned by Thatcher) chose Cowley for it's MINI plant!

MMB69    on 13 August 2018

That's because most of these bar perhaps the Princess and SD1 (and even then were talking design curiosities rather than them being brilliant cars) we're absolute shockers and deserve to dissolve from memory both literally and figuratively.

   on 4 January 2021

Had a 1700cc version,rusted like b*****y but boy what an engine,quick and fun and a very comfy car,as stated once every couple of months,filler,sandpaper and spray can in hand of i went and kept the old gal going,happy memories and lots of fun.

John Codsall    on 5 January 2021

These comments do not appear to be in order- and thus are pointless.

John Codsall    on 5 January 2021

Vauxhall Victor- looks akin to the American muscle cars- and performance with 6 cylinder models

Graham Pearson    on 25 January 2021

What's your concept on a Vauxhall Chevette having rear seat belts, blind spot mirrors, head restraints and alloy road wheels?

Charles Gordon    on 11 April 2021

The Allegro was absolutely brilliant. I had a basic 1100 as a company car and did nearly 30,000 miles in a year - including going over the alps in winter - and it never missed a beat or let me down in any way. And it was really comfortable and spacious, for the driver at least - I'm 6' 7" and my "companymobile" should have been a Morris Marina, but when he saw me trying to get into one my new boss agreed that it would have been dangerous and suggested an Allegro instead. An offer that I never once regretted!

Edited by Charles Gordon on 11/04/2021 at 23:12

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