Recent research has revealed that a number of once popular British classic cars are facing an extinction crisis. “Once common 1970’s and 80’s cars are disappearing at an alarming rate and this new list is evidence that a serious extinction crisis is mounting”, said Ian Fray, of ClassicLine – the body behind the study.
Ford and Vauxhall
The new data highlights the decimation of the iconic Ford Sierra. Often seen roaming across the British landscape in vast numbers through the Eighties and Nineties, they are now in a worrying state of decline. With over 64,000 being lost in the last decade, less than one per cent of the total built now remain. Other cars high on the endangered list include the once popular Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Victor.
Fray added, “It is a tragedy that such huge numbers of these cars have been lost in the last decade. Through our campaign we aim to raise awareness and support for the plight of these once common and much loved British classics that are being recklessly driven to extinction”.
The Save our Classics campaign, launched earlier this month by ClassicLine, encourages the preservation of British classic cars. It has called for a number of incentives such as reducing the current UK road tax exemption from 40 years to 30 years to help enthusiasts maintain the dwindling stock.
Drivers and enthusiasts can pledge their support to the campaign and join the growing community of ‘spotters’ who are being encouraged to share sightings of the endangered cars when they see them out on the road. To pledge your support visit www.classiclineinsurance.co.uk/save-our-classics or www.facebook.com/saveourclassics.