The MoT Files: Top 10 1980s cars

We've compiled a top 10 for the best cars registered during the 1980s for passing their MoT tests. Forget the notion that you might have harboured over the years that old British cars are flaky and unreliable, as six of the cars in this list were made in the UK.

We've only included cars that have more than 1000 examples tested in a single year to keep the statistics meaningful, but from that we can ascertain what the best mainstream classic cars are in terms of keeping then on the road and legal. So there will be others that do better - but are thinner in numbers.

But we guarantee you'll be surprised at some in this list.

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Porsche 911 73% pass rate

The Porsche 911's build quality and longevity is legendary, and this excellent performance in the MoT test really does back it up. There are still many 1980s examples left on the road (more of these were tested than the Volkswagen Polo, for instance), and it's heartening to see that they're in good hands.

Read the Porsche 911 review


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