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.
Jaguar XJS 70.1% pass rate
Despite its reputation for rot and dodgy electrics, the Jaguar XJS has proved itself something of a hero come MoT time. But this might be because all the bad ones have been weeded out by now, leaving drivers just the best examples to choose from. The rate of decline has certainly stalled with an average of 22 being lost each year.