Honestly, John

by staff writer JP

The cars people drove in the 1990s in the age of Cool Britannia are disappearing fast

New research from Honest John Classics shows that some of the most popular cars are on the verge of extinction. In 2016, around 2,500 Rover 400s were taken off the road; 20% of the total number left. At the current rate of extinction, they will all be gone in five years.

It’s a similar story for the Vauxhall Cavalier and Citroen Saxo. Once beloved of sales reps everywhere, 10% of 1990s Cavaliers have been scrapped.

Not even the youngest cars from the Brit-Pop decade are safe. The Ford Focus changed car design forever when it was launched in 1998. Examples are now vanishing at the rate of 25% a year, so it’s estimated they’ll be none left in just four years.

"People think of a classic car as an E-Type Jaguar or a MGB, but the reality is that there’s a huge amount of interest in cars from the 1990s"
Keith Moody, editor of Honest John Classics

While some turn their nose up at 1990s bangers such as the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Cavalier by saying that they will never be proper classics, research from Honest John Classics shows this simply isn’t the case.

Currently, cars from the year 2000 have the worst MoT pass rate with around 50% failing. After this point, the figure improves for older cars as they find their way into the hands of enthusiastic owners. In fact, cars from 1993 have a better pass rate than cars from 2005. A fact that underlines 1990s cars are emerging classics.

Which of these best-selling 1990s cars have you driven?
Mk1 Ford Focus
Mk5 Ford Escort
Mk3 Ford Fiesta
Vauxhall Cavalier
Vauxhall Corsa
Vauxhall Astra
Volkswagen Polo
Renault Clio
Peugeot 206
Rover 400
Nissan Almera
Citroen Saxo