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My Uncle once owned two Alegros at the same time

According to WeLoveAnyCar.com, the largest group of drivers on British roads are people born in the 60s and 70s. Cars of their youth are almost extinct.

My Uncle once owned two Alegros at the same time but there are now 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 Allegros in classic car collections than actually licensed to drive on the roads.

2.6 million Cortinas 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 licensed 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 licensed – that’s over 23% of all Sierra models remaining.

Even cars that were built much later can be rare. Whilst Renault changed the people carrying market when they built the Espace, they didn’t achieve the same success with the Avantime. There are 23,049 Renault Espace models but only 273 Avantimes still registered for British roads. Another 70s 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 at how many cars are exactly like the one they drive or one they used to drive.

A spokesman for WeLoveAnyCar.com 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. Just make a nice cuppa and enjoy discovering how many of the cars from your youth still exist. Some of mine include only three Ford LTD’s, 12 Fiat 850 Specials, 20 Vauxhall Viva 1256 Deluxe’s, 445 Ford Escort Mexico’s, 69 Mercedes Benz 200T and 242 Spitfire MK IV.

And if you want to know how many James Bond Aston Martin DB5’s are left, to put you out of your misery, there are just 276 for budding 007’s and 25 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am’s, circa Smokey and the Bandit.

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