They were the bread and butter cars of British family motoring during the 1970s and ‘80s and still remembered nostalgically by millions– yet today they are an endangered species.
But a generation of popular cars that once dominated the nation’s highways and kerbsides – with evocative names like Allegro, Montego, Maestro, Marina and Maxi – are now on the brink of extinction.
Essentially, because they were shit.
The analysis of cars built before 1995 reveals that when measured and ranked as as a proportion of the total of each model built, 1980s cars have disappeared from roads faster than any others.
But while some may mourn that so few are left, others with less rose-tinted spectacles and memories of the era of poor car quality and motor industry strikes epitomised by union militants like Derek ‘Red Robbo’ Robinson, may wonder instead that any of them have survived at all.
Imagine what would happen if we had government run things today like we did then. A nationalised banking industry would be such a wonder, wouldn\’t it? And as for the stupidity of government provided health care…..