The classic car has faced many challenges in recent times other than the usual rust, mechanical failure and other associated issues that come with getting old. Scrappage schemes have a lot to answer for as well, as does the environmental lobby who say older cars are too polluting and dirty.

All of these factors have combined to make many cars that were once a common sight on the roads of the UK nearly extinct.

This is according to Admiral insurance, who surprisingly discovered that there are 47 Nissan Cherrys left roaming the roads of the UK. Yes, we were shocked that there are so many left as well. Similarly, the Alfa Romeo 33 only has 38 surviving cars remaining in working order. Leaving us a little shocked at the large number remaining. As that so many small Alfa’s survived this long is nothing short of a miracle.

If you own one of the cars on this list, we salute you. Mainly for hanging onto it for so long and keeping it running – which we think deserves a bravery award of some description.

These are the cars that are most in danger of extinction in the UK in 2019.