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UK 1972-1975: Ford Cortina best seller

1970 Ford Cortina

The 2nd generation Cortina managed to hold the title of best selling car in the UK for one year in 1966. The 3rd and 4th generations of the model will be even more successful, maintaining the Cortina nameplate on top of UK sales for an total of 9 years, starting with 4 consecutive years from 1972 to 1975.

The year 1972 also marks the start of an astounding 40 consecutive years of Ford models leading the UK market… Over 1974 and 75, the full Top 7 best selling cars stay unchanged, with the Ford Escort and Mini on the podium.

Austin Allegro

The Morris Marina is #4, followed by the Austin Allegro, Vauxhall Viva and Hillman Avenger. In 1975 the Datsun Sunny breaks into the Top 10, the very first Japanese car to do so and the only foreign model to manage this feat that year. The Leyland Princess is #9 in the same year.

Full Top 10 Ranking Tables for 1974 and 1975: click on ‘Read more’ below the Datsun Sunny pic.

Leyland Princess

Datsun Sunny

Hillman Avenger

Leyland Princess

UK Full Year 1974:

Pos Model 1974
1 Ford Cortina 1
2 Ford Escort 2
3 Mini 3
4 Morris Marina 4
5 Austin Allegro 5
6 Vauxhall Viva 6
7 Hillman Avenger 7
8 Ford Capri 8
9 Austin Maxi 9
10 Hillman Hunter 10

UK Full Year 1975:

Pos Model 1974
1 Ford Cortina 1
2 Ford Escort 2
3 Mini 3
4 Morris Marina 4
5 Austin Allegro 5
6 Vauxhall Viva 6
7 Hillman Avenger 7
8 Hillman Hunter 10
9 Leyland Princess  –
10 Datsun Sunny  –

Source: SMMT, Wikipedia

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