The MoT Files: Top 10 Cars from the 1980s
Think you know which of the cars from the 1980s are reliable MoT heroes? Think again. There are plenty of surprises in our list of the top ten MoT pass rates from the decade that taste forgot.
Perhaps one reason is that bad examples of cars like the MGB and Jaguar XJ-S have been weeded out, leaving just the most solid and best-kept examples for buyer's to cherry pick. To qualify for our list, at least 1000 examples had to be tested for a model to make our list.
Ford Escort 73.1% pass rate
Codenamed 'Erika' the Mk3 Escort was Ford of Europe's second front-wheel drive model when it was launched in 1980. And it obviously benefited from plenty of R&D judging by its strong performance here. In total, 5194 1980s Escorts were put through the MoT test with only 1397 failing.