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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Ford Escort 63% pass rate

We like the Ford Escort Mk3. But we're a little surprised at this, given the fragility of these cars and their well-known ability to rust heavily. But having said that, most of the bad ones are now long gone, and values are climbing fast, this figure is probably set to increase in the coming years.

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