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Top 20: Most common cars of the 1980s

The 1980s was still a busy period for British car manufacturers – many of the bestselling cars of the decade were made in Britain, but not many are left these days. In fact, not much of anything made during the '80s has survived well, but we’ve looked at registration records and found what cars are still going strong.

Still going strong would be taking it a little far, though, given the fact a huge number of these cars are declared SORN – which could very well mean they’re tatty, rotten and fit for nothing more than spare parts or scrap – so we’re concentrating on those that were registered between 1980-'89 and still have a tax disc, and so are road legal.

It’s also worth noting that while some of these cars are around in relatively high numbers, in many cases literally hundreds of thousands were built, so while they are common relative to other '80s cars they’re actually still fairly rare. See our top 20 endangered list for more. 

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Ford Sierra – 2367 still licenced

Despite ranking on this list the Ford Sierra is among the most critically endangered cars in the UK in terms of the surviving percentage of the total number built. That's because so many were made in the first place and they haven't been cherished and well cared for. There are still 6968 Sierras registered in the UK but more than half of those are SORN, leaving just 2637 on the road.

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