In association with Honest John, AROnline has been given exclusive access to UK MoT test pass data, and we’ll be publishing some of the more interesting league table before going live with a full MoT app later in the year. We’ll be concentrating on pre-1990 UK manufactured and badged cars – the bread and butter of our site. Although MoT pass data is less revealing of the overall reliability of classic and historic cars, it’s still an interesting barometer for the ease in which our cars pass (or otherwise) the annual MoT test.
For the first of our MoT related stories, we’re revealing the top five performers from Austin, Morris, MG, Rover, Triumph and Vauxhall and Ford. You’ll be surprised by some of the results.
Austin top five
Wooden spoon for the Austin-badged cars is the Mini with a 50.6% pass rate. Maestro and Montego owners shouldn’t feel too smug about this – a mere 52.3% of the former pass first time, while that increases to 68.4% for its booted brother.
Ford top five
The worst-performing Ford is the Escort – but with over 205,000 aging cars being tested, that’s a not wholly surprising result.
MG top five
A great result for the ADO16 stands out here – that and the overall great performances from the classics. The MGF stands at the bottom of they league with a 49.6% pass rate.
Morris top five
The Morris Minor came in last place, but we’ll forgive that considering over 11,000 cars were tested, and most are still in daily use!
Rover top five
Amazingly, the Rover 600 had the lowest pass rate, with 42.5%, putting paid to the idea that these cars are solid and bulletproof.
Triumph top five
Overall great results from Triumph, suggesting doting owners. Even the worst performer – the Toledo – scored over 55%.
Vauxhall top five
A good result, unless you’re a Cavalier owner – 44% of the 22,000 cars tested passing the MoT first time…
For more detailed data from the used car pool, visit Honest John’s MoT files, and stay tuned to AROnline for the classic and UK-vehile data. It’s compelling stuff!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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