Have you got a future classic on your driveway?

Classic cars aren’t all born to be special. They often start out as common models that are widely scrapped at the end of their useful lives. People then realise that there are only a few decent examples left and that actually, they might be quite collectable.

However, figures put together by Kwik Fit suggest that owners of some relatively modern cars have already got one eye on their potential classic status. Kwik Fit has put together a list of the top 10 car makes and model with the highest proportion registered off road.

Ford Sierra Mk 1

A whopping 75% of the UK’s remaining Ford Sierra’s have been Sorn’ed — with the Escort also another popular choice. Have you got one of these cars on your driveway or in your garage — either as a cherished project or a rusting unwanted heap?

Ford Sierra 13,651 10,277 75%
Austin Mini 23,166 15,416 67%
Peugeot 205 17,135 10,767 63%
Vauxhall Cavalier 10,449 6,357 61%
Rover Mini 28,813 16,810 58%
Ford Escort 58,085 33,651 58%
MG Midget 14,216 7,096 50%
MG MGF 21,655 10,227 47%
Mercedes 300 12,876 6,061 47%
MG MGB 36,046 16,512 46%
Mercedes 200 14,060 6,368 45%
Saab 900 10,273 4,287 42%

(Table includes only models with more than 10,000 vehicles in the UK)

Commenting on the figures, Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said:

“Our analysis of the data shows that significant numbers of some of the most popular cars of previous generations are still in existence, but not being seen on the road.  It may be that our collective love for these models stops them heading for the scrapyard, with their owners believing that they will get them back on the road some day and we would certainly encourage them to keep these much loved cars in working order.”

Here are a few more pictures of cars that were once common sites but are now well on the way to becoming modern classics:

1980s Ford Escort
A 1980s Ford Escort with a black plastic spoiler… the stuff of dreams for many schoolboys of the day.
Peugeot 205 GTi
A car that’s already a modern classic — the Peugeot 205 GTi was truly a great car.
Vauxhall Cavalier mk1
The original Vauxhall Cavalier. 

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