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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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Nissan Micra – 2353 still licenced

Through the 80s the Micra was a popular alternative to the Metro – but it never sold in the same numbers. Now, though, there are more Micras on the road than Metros because Nissan made their little car so well – they’re durable and simple to repair. A further 883 Micras are registered as SORN. 

Read about the history of the Micra

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