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Ford Escort faces extinction after number of models on the road drops 94 per cent


THE iconic Ford Escort will be extinct by 2030, a study claims.

The past decade has seen a 93.8 per cent reduction in models left on the road — from 261,000 to just 16,000.

Escorts, first made in Liverpool’s Halewood plant in 1967, will drive off into the sunset for good within another ten years, price comparison site GoCompare forecasts.

The treasured vehicles are already an investment piece, with some selling for £25,000.

The number of Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolets on the road has fallen from 1,100 in 2010 to just 517 today.

And there are only 14 of the 1300XL auto models around, against 17 a decade ago.

With lifestyle changes plus alterations in engine and demand, other much-loved cars will also vanish.

Fiat Unos could disappear this year, Peugeot 305s by next year, and Vauxhall Cavaliers by 2022, figures suggest.

Mark Greening, of GoCompare, said: “Some of these classics are British favourites that led the automotive industry so it’s strange to think we won’t see them on roads.

“Classic cars can be a real investment.

“Now we know the models in danger, hopefully some can be saved.”

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