Cars rarely stay on the market for as much as a decade without being replaced or at least thoroughly revised, but there are exceptions.

One of these is the classic Mini, which remained in production for an incredible 41 years. There were detail changes during that time, of course, but the 2000 Mini was in most respects a very similar car to the one you could buy in 1959.

By comparison with the Mini, other models sold in the UK have been mayflies, surviving for three years or less, and in some cases just a few months.

There can be several reasons for this. The cars may have been special edition models introduced near the end of the production run, or built in very small numbers, or simply very unpopular. In some cases they came off the market very quickly because the company that built them collapsed.

Here’s a selection of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cars which you might have bought if only you’d realised they were on sale at all.

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