Ital rarer than a rhino

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

An in­sur­ance provider is un­der­lin­ing its cam­paign to save en­dan­gered cars by re­veal­ing some shock­ing sta­tis­tics.

To raise aware­ness of the dwin­dling num­bers of once-com­mon clas­sics, Clas­sicLine In­sur­ance claims the Mor­ris Ital is now rarer than a one-horned Ja­van rhi­noc­eros – an an­i­mal deemed by the World Wide Fund for Na­ture (WWF) to be the most threat­ened.

Clas­sicLine In­sur­ance’s cam­paign uses DVLA data to show how rare some clas­sics are be­com­ing. The Bri­tish Ley­land built Ital gets top spot be­cause with just 35 left, it means that 99.98% of them have been scrapped – or at least aren’t on the DVLA’s data­base. Around 175,276 of them were built.

‘An ex­tinc­tion cri­sis is mount­ing’, says Ian Fray, Clas­sicLine man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. The in­surer’s cam­paign has called for a num­ber of in­cen­tives such as re­duc­ing the cur­rent UK road tax ex­emp­tion from 40 years to 30 years to help en­thu­si­asts main­tain the dwin­dling stock.

The Ital, in­dige­nous to clas­sic car shows, is now al­most extinct.

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