How Many Of YOUR Car Are Left?
WeLoveAnyCar.com, the UK’s biggest car review site, has launched #CarCountUK allowing users to check how many cars of a particular make and model are still licensed on British roads.
The largest group of drivers on British roads are people born in the 60s and 70s. Cars of their youth are almost extinct – there are fewer than 161 Austin Allegros with its square steering wheel and just 3,482 classic Ford Cortinas, once the UK’s most popular car, still registered to drive on our roads.
These figures don’t include those cars where the car is ‘unregistered’ or ‘SORN’. 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 and cherished than the average bog standard Sierra with 956 still licensed – 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 Avantime. In fact it completely flopped. 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. It’s probably quite easy to spend a couple of hours on the site to see if you can find any of the few cars where only ONE is still registered.
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 new 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.
Let us know if you can find some of the rarest cars still registered! Here’s another we found: the ultra rare, super ugly and utterly unnecessary Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG.