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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Jaguar XJ-S 62% pass rate

The Jaguar XJ-S is very much a classic on the up, and the ones out there are - in the large - owned by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. The models covered here, the '80s cars, are far higher in quality than what came before, although rust resistance was still not the best. A good result for a popular classic.

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