A recent freedom of information request has prodded the Government into publishing a list of all the cars scrapped under the 2009 scrappage scheme. You know, the scheme whereby pensioners part-exchanged their Metros in return for a UK tax payer funded discount on a new hatchback. This misguided scheme did wonders for the Korean economy and they couldn’t churn out enough DogEater diesels quick enough. This scheme also ‘ethnically cleansed’ our highways of home-made motors. If my MS Excel adding is correct then an incredible 25279 Rover and MG cars went to the crusher in 2009. This included 9 Rover 75s, cars that would have been no more than 10 years old. We rather like the 75 but if this many were scrap less than 7 years after their warranty expired then no wonder MGR went under. Lots of Metros, Maestros and Montegos got the chop too.

Let’s look at the rest of the list;

Peugeot; 32350 cars scrapped, of those just 2 were worth saving, a 205 Gti and a 309 Gti. The rest were a morass of 206 and other crap with ironic names like ‘life’ and ‘freedom’. There’s plentyof ordinary stuff on the list, Vauxhall’s galore, mostly automotive white goods and good riddance to it. Let’s look at the exotics, then. Lotus; 3 Eclats. These are chronically under-valued, in our opinion, perhaps because they’re chronically unreliable according to everyone else. Alfa Romeo; A 145 Cloverleaf and a 164 Cloverleaf went to the crusher. A BMW 2002 went, an Alpina B7 and a half a dozen 8 series too. There is no record of what the two people who scrapped M3s bought but I hope it causes them a lifetime of misery for even the tattiest four door E36 M3 is surely worth saving. There’s also an M5 on the list. Someone, somewhere, scrapped a Morgan 4/4. VW Corrados and Sciroccos went in, two by two, a bizarre total of 11 Volvo 480 Turbos (I didn’t know they sold that many) and an 850R. 101 Porsches went, mostly 924 and 944s and a single stonking 928 S4. Why?! There’s not a single Maserati which must mean they’re reliable and hold their value well and I still want a BiTurbo.

You can imagine the relief of some owners offloading unreliable complex oddballs like the Lancia Y10 Selectomatic or Citroen XM VSX Turbo on the list. You know that Audi TT kit car that does the rounds on the internet every other month? That’s a Banham X99 and it happily bit the dust along with an example of another kit-car oddity, an Autobarn Gecko (think buggered Mini). 2 Hearses made their final trips, a Ford Grosvenor and a Daimler. Rust in piece. There’s a Datsun Cherry on there too, which is the retro equivalent of what most of these cars will be replaced with; cheap, reliable oriental cars. Will a Hyundai look as interesting in 20 year’s time? We doubt it but we also hope the Government won’t do something as daft as the scrappage scheme again.

The scrappage scheme cars mostly ended up on the old runway of RAF Thurleigh in Bedfordshire, all legally beyond saving, you can see them on Google maps here. I can’t see the single Lancia Delta Integrale that was scrapped, which is good, because it would probably make me cry. The full list of cars scrapped in 2009 is here.

What would you have saved? Leave us a comment!

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Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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