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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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Porsche 944 – 2240 still licenced

More desirable cars, such as the Porsche 944, tend to last a little longer than their more mundane counterparts. Relatively few 944s were made through the 80s compared to the likes of Volkswagen Polos and Ford Escorts, so while 2240 might not seem a huge number it’s a decent percentage of the original number built. 

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