Cars of the 70’s Nearly Extinct– Just 161 Allegros, 22 Bugs and 3,482 Cortina’s Left on British Roads

Share Article, the UK’s biggest car review site, launches #CarCountUK allowing users to check how many cars of a particular make and model are still licenced on British Roads.

Orange Bond Bug with a driver right side on

Bond Bug 22 Registered

2.6 million Ford Cortinas sold - just 3,482 still registered

The largest group of drivers on British roads are people born in the 60’s and 70’s. Cars of their youth are almost extinct – there are fewer than 22 Bond Bugs, 161 Austin Allegros and just 3,482 Ford Cortinas, once the UK’s most popular car, still registered to drive on British roads.

These figures don't include those cars where the car is ‘unregistered’ or taken off the road via a SORN notice to the DVLA. In fact, there are thought to be more Allegro’s in classic car collections than actually licenced to drive on the roads.

2.6 million Cortina’s were sold in the UK so just 0.1% of the Ford success story remains on the roads.

There are 4,119 Ford Sierras, the Cortina replacement, still licenced of the 1.3 million sold in the UK. Specialist models such as the Ford Sierra Cosworth (RS and Sapphire) tend to be better preserved than the average Sierra with 956 still licenced – that’s over 23% of all Sierra models remaining.

Even cars which were built much later can be rare. Whilst Renault changed the market when they built the Espace, they didn't achieve the same success with the Aventime. There are 23,049 Renault Espace models but only 273 Renault Avantimes still registered for British roads. Another 70’s creation, the Renault Fuego, has just 19 cars on the road.

Using government statistics, the car review site has made it easy for anyone to look how many cars are exactly like the one they drive or one they used to drive.

A spokesman for said, “Our easy-to-use site allows anyone to look at how exclusive their cars are and in some cases drivers might be surprised to find they are one of a handful driving the model they own.”

Even current car owners can be in a very exclusive group. There are only 6 owners of the Audi Q7 SE TFSI 333 QUATTRO A model on all the roads in the UK and just 9 owners of the Peugeot 308 SPORTIUM E-HDI S-A variant.

Picture Credit: David Kimber

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