Seat celebrates 25 years in the UK

Sam Burnett

Seat marks a quarter of a century since sales began in the UK this month with some pictures celebrating its recent history.

It sold 24 cars in September 1985, but now boasts nearly 500,000 sales and established a 1.6% share of the market.

The Spanish company had recently split from Italian co-owner Fiat, and brought its first independently-produced car, the mk1 Ibiza to British shores. In 1986 it was bought up by Volkswagen, and sales surged to heady highs of 10,000 by 1988.