Five cars you just don’t see any more
Have you spotted one?
They are some of our best-loved cars, but they've almost disappeared from view. Check out our list of five cars you just don't see on the roads any more.
1. The Austin Allegro
Manufactured by British Leyland, the Austin Allegro was one of the motors which arguably set the scene for today’s city cars. The Allegro remained in production between 1972 and 1983, when it was replaced by the Maestro. Once mainly seen in brown, gold or green, the Allegro is now hardly ever seen at all.
The Ford Sierra
Strange as it might now seem, the Sierra was seen as a quantum leap in car design when it replaced the iconic Cortina as the everyman Ford saloon. Not everyone approved, which is perhaps why it didn’t enjoy the same longevity as its predecessor. It remained in production between 1982 and 1993.
Placing an MG badge on what everyone knew to be an Austin Maestro was a deliberate attempt to inject a little bit of British motoring history into a relatively modest concept. Engineers complained that it wasn’t really up to the job of reviving the ailing British motor industry. Hstory tells us that they were right. The MG version of the Maestro was built between 1983 and 1991, with production of the standard Maestro halted in 1994.
Peugeot 205 GTI
Such is the warm feeling of nostalgia towards the sprightly Peugeot 205 GTI that it’s little wonder the French company attracted so much interest with the launch of the 208 GTI. While the VW Golf GTI gets much of the credit for creating the hot hatch market, there were many people who preferred the 205 GTI.
VW Golf Mark I
Modern cars really wouldn’t look the same without the success of the VW Golf Mark I, a vehicle which proved that the German car maker wasn’t only good for cute and cuddly Beetles. The VW Golf Mark I remains an icon, even if you never see them on the road these days. A direct replacement for the Beetle, the Mark I was produced between 1974 and 1983. Now in its seventh generation, the VW Golf is still winning fans today.