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UK 1977-1979: Ford Cortina back on top, Morris Marina #3

Ford Cortina

After one year of interruption in 1976, the Ford Cortina, helped by the 4th generation just launched, resumes its domination of the English car market by finishing #1 in 1977, 1978 and 1979. The Ford Escort drops back to #2 over the period and the Morris Marina rounds up the podium in 77 and 78.

Morris Marina

In 4th place, the Mini is stable over the period and back to #3 in 79. The Austin Allegro loses the 5th position it held in 1977 to the Ford Fiesta, the new supermini launched in 1976 that ranks #9 in 77 and #5 in 78. The Allegro is back to #5 in 79. The Vauxhall Cavalier and Ford Granada appear in the Top 10 over the period, while the Datsun Sunny is back in it, this time for two consecutive years: in 77 and 78.

Full Top 10 Ranking Tables for 1977, 1978 and 1979 below.

UK Full Year 1977:

Pos Model 1976 1975 1974
1 Ford Cortina 2 1 1
2 Ford Escort 1 2 2
3 Morris Marina 4 4 4
4 Mini 3 3 3
5 Austin Allegro 5 5 5
6 Vauxhall Chevette 6  –  –
7 Ford Capri 7  – 8
8 Vauxhall Cavalier  –  –  –
9 Ford Fiesta  –  –  –
10 Datsun Sunny  – 10  –

UK Full Year 1978:

Pos Model 1977 1976 1975 1974
1 Ford Cortina 1 2 1 1
2 Ford Escort 2 1 2 2
3 Morris Marina 3 4 4 4
4 Mini 4 3 3 3
5 Ford Fiesta 9  –  –  –
6 Austin Allegro 5 5 5 5
7 Vauxhall Cavalier 8  –  –  –
8 Vauxhall Chevette 6 6  –  –
9 Ford Granada  –  –  –  –
10 Datsun Sunny 10  – 10  –

UK Full Year 1979:

Pos Model 1978 1977 1976
1 Ford Cortina 1 1 2
2 Ford Escort 2 2 1
3 Mini 4 4 3
4 Morris Marina 3 3 4
5 Austin Allegro 6 5 5
6 Ford Fiesta 5 9  –
7 Ford Granada 9  –  –
8 Ford Capri  – 7 7
9 Vauxhall Cavalier 7 8  –
10 Vauxhall Chevette 8 6 6

Source: SMMT, Wikipedia

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