Ital rarer than a rhino
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.