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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Mercedes-Benz 190 62% pass rate

This figure probably reflects the fact that so many of these cars are still in daily use, and in time, this will probably gently improve as the owner profile moves more into the classic end of the spectrum. Still, great cars, and with plenty of life in them by the look of these MoT figures,

Read the Mercedes-Benz 190 review


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