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Classics from the Swinging Sixties top the tables

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Research indicates that classic vehicle owners have the most affection for vehicles from the Swinging Sixties.

According to a recent survey by specialist classic car and motorcycle insurance broker Footman James, 64 per cent of classic vehicle owners rate the 1960s as the era of classic motoring that they have the most interest in.  The Swinging Sixties was the decade that the majority of respondents spent their youth, as 32 per cent of those surveyed are age 50-59.

The Swinging Sixties is also the decade that the top two most popular classics, as voted by the survey respondents, reached major milestones.  The MGB was manufactured for the first time in 1962 and in 1961 the Morris Minor, at the height of popularity, became the first British car to sell over one million units. 

Just over half of respondents (54 per cent) have an interest in the classics of the 1970s, 32 per cent in the 1950s and 28 per cent in the 1980s.

The survey, of over 3,500 classic vehicle owners, was conducted last November and included visitors to the Footman James Classic Motor Show.

Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ managing director, said: “Having a passion for classics is often a real family affair and therefore it is not surprising that the 1960s is the most popular decade of classic motoring, bearing in mind the age of the respondents and the fact that they may well have spent their childhood tinkering under the bonnet of their Dad’s classic.

“The challenge for the industry now is to generate an enthusiasm for the future classics, cars from the 90s and noughties, ensuring the passion for classics lives on in current generations, thus securing the future of the industry for years to come.”

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