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10 ordinary cars more rare than a Ferrari F40

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December 8, 2016
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Some cars are too loved, or too valuable, or just too damn pretty, to ever fall from grace and fade away to extinction.

That’s why two thirds of the 800,000-plus Porsche 911s ever made are still in use today, why there are still plenty of E-Types, Beetles, Minis and MGBs proudly lodged in garages across the UK.

But what of the more humdrum cars that reliably ferried us to work, to the shops or trips to the seaside, rarely cherished by their owners and simply serving their primary purpose as a means of getting from A to B?

Many of these cars sold in their hundreds of thousands, but so few remain today that, if they were a bird or animal, they’d be on the critically endangered species list.

We take a look at the once ubiquitous cars that are now barely seen, and will allow you to tell a Ferrari F40 owner that your car is more rare than his.

Our data was taken from the ever-entertaining How Many Left website, and is obviously subject to change as more cars meet their maker. Do you own any of these increasingly-rare motors? If so, why not tell us in the comments what you love about it, and why you keep it on the road.


  • Nigel C

    Wrong!!!!! My Silver Austin Montego Vanden Plas ran on unleaded fuel. It was a 2 litre fuel injected car. My favourite car!!! Very comfortable to drive, leather seats etc, I kept it for many years. I was sad to let it go. It owed me nothing and was very reliable. only batteries needed to be replaced. I part exchanged it in 1995. Wheel arches began to rust.

    It would run at 125 MPH, I know I tried it on a track.

  • Vernon Taylor

    I enjoyed that ramble through my motoring youth and especially enjoyed the journalist not taking the weewee out of designs that were quite adequate for their time. Few journos are capable of such restraint when writing about older cars and mostly they behave like a cut-price comic that isn’t funny but embarrasses an audience into laughter.

    Rust was the main enemy of those cars but few folk realise in those days the bodies had no chemical baths or special electrostatic primers, no cavity wax and seam sealer was used on the inside to keep the inside dry but left the seams outside open to the salty weather – car bodies received nothing but paint and that was applied in miserly quantities where it couldn’t readily be seen. Even underseal was an extra and often that would be applied half-heartedly by apprentices during a Saturday morning overtime and poor quality stuff a lot of it was.
    There was a meagre few specialists who used quality materials and made a good job of undersealing but the high prices tended to put most new owners off. It wasn’t until Ziebart came to town with the attendant marketing publicity that things began to change for the better aided by new-fangled consumer rights brought about high profile scandals about rusty cars being dangerous.

    Rust wasn’t the only enemy of the motor car. Widely variable engineering tolerances and low quality lubricants made engines and other components much more short lived than today. Lots of cars were almost old bangers by the time the odometer had registered 70 or 80 thousand miles but on the plus side repairs and parts were much cheaper in those days.

    Also on the plus side was the cars had character in those days, often being the vision and creation of a few or just a single designer, their creations contained a deal more soul and personality than today’s jelly moulds.

  • alan

    mariana no wonder there are so few left they were dogs

  • Darwinion

    The Marina replaced the Morris Oxford, not the Minor.

  • disqus_9wxiA0N9Ol

    Yes Nigel the Montego was a touch better in the performance stakes than the slightly smaller Mk2 Opel Ascona/Vauxhall Cavalier. Of course the seven seater estate was a class beater. I had two in succession a 1.6 LX and a 2.0tDi. The latter, would do a real road 60 mpg if operated at a steady 50 mph (and 50mpg at 60mph) a feat not matched by any similar sized vehicle since.

  • Brett King

    Where I live there is around 3 montegos an estate x2 and a saloon X1

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