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Top 20: Rarest cars of the 1980s

We’ve brought you the 20 most endangered cars in the UK – cars that were once common and are now very rare indeed – but what cars from the 1980s are rarest, full stop? We’ve had a look at the DVLA records to find out – the list below covers cars registered between 1980-'89.

Many of these models weren’t sold in huge numbers even when they were new, so it’s hardly surprising so few are left – fewer than 200 in every case in this list. Click through the gallery to see the rarities or click here to see the endangered list. 

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Mazda RX7 – 148 still licenced

With its rotary engine the RX7 is certainly unsual. Rotary engines aren’t very efficient and they tend to go wrong at great expense, so they’re not particularly common. Even the far more recent RX8 is fading fast because of its high running costs.

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WilliamRead    on 3 April 2018

An omission is the FSO Polonez, introduced in the late 1970s and sold until the early 1990s. A much maligned car, but it gave me many thousands of (almost) trouble free motoring, including trips to the GDR.

Edited by WilliamRead on 03/04/2018 at 14:48

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