Full list of scrappage scheme cars revealed

At the height of the banking crisis in 2008/9, UK car sales tanked. In November ’08, new car sales plummeted 36 per cent compared with the previous year.

In an effort to help the British car industry, the government introduced the now-infamous scrappage scheme, which gave a £2,000 contribution to the cost of a new car when you traded in your old one.

To qualify, your car needed a current MOT and to have been in the same ownership for at least a year. So they were all theoretically perfectly serviceable, but they had to be scrapped regardless.

Enthusiasts worried at the time, and still do, that many cars that were worth saving got sacrificed in the name of turning a quick profit. In response to a freedom of information request, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has compiled a full list of every make and model that bit the dust. You can see it in full here.

For us enthusiasts it makes frightening reading. Hundreds of Alfa Romeos, Audis and BMW’s were crushed. 101 Porsches met their maker, as did several classic Austins, Jaguar XJS’s and Triumph Spitfires. There’s even a TVR S2 and a Morgan 4/4.

Incidentally, the accuracy of the names recorded on the list is variable, as many car traders clearly can’t spell. Still, the mistakes have given the Ford Fista, and a Rover Turdo…

People with more time than we have, have worked out that Ford was the most-scrapped manufacturer, with more Fiestas biting the dust than any other individual model. It would be interesting to compare the list against DVLA data to see if any cars became extinct as a result.

While it is clear that many of the cars traded under the scheme were only worth a couple of hundred quid, going through the list you have to wonder how many people could have sold their car on for quite a lot more than the two grand they got.

Equally, for every story of a nice low-miler being tossed aside, there’s another of the MOT issue being fudged on a wreck, and dealers stepping in to save classics.

So who benefitted from all this carnage? Well, the government must surely have intended to help the manufacturers that build cars in the UK. But it was Korean manufacturer Hyundai that did best, selling 47,000 cars under the scheme. 26,000 of those were the Indian-built i10 city car. Go figure…

The real winners were, of course, the car dealers. The 392,227 cars traded under the scheme accounted for 20 per cent of all sales for the 10 months it ran. And let’s not forget the scrapmen. Or the people who really did save money by partaking.

 

 

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