UK Scrappage Scheme – Cars worth saving and ones that need to be sacrificed
Again the UK is in the grip of a Government-backed scrappage scheme for the first time since 2009. The key point of the current offer is an obvious attempt to remove dirty diesel and petrol cars (amongst others) from the UK's roads to encourage people into cleaner and greener cars.
What this means for the average car enthusiast is the potential loss of potential future classics that will never get a chance to appreciate and attain classic status.
The BMW 5-Series 525i is a prime example; I found the above example parked (and clamped) outside of a dealership near Bicester. Not only has this E39 been given an indignant end to its life by being used to promote the scrapping of similar cars, but it also suffered further still by being daubed by vandals to confirm its status as scrap.
This got me thinking as to what potential future classics should be saved from this fate worse than death? As well as what cars we would happily sacrifice to a painful death never to be (thankfully) driven again.
Future classic cars that should be saved
Audi TT mk1
Prices for the Mk1 TT’s have been dropping in recent years. Remembering that when the TT was first unleashed upon the world its looks alone set it apart from anything else. In fact, we would even go as far to say that it still looks great nearly two decades later.
This one may confuse people, but you should remember the 505 GTi which is now ultra rare and very expensive. While the 607 may be behind in performance terms, the fact that it’s a French luxo-barge with the looks to match means it’s on the saved list.
Fiat Panda 100HP (for @james king)
Because it’s a hot Panda (well lukewarm at least) that for some reason has never been replaced in Fiat’s model line-up. As its likely we will never see another ‘hot’ Panda again, this one goes on the saved list.
BMW 5-Series E34 & E39
Because prices of the E28 are now massive, and look how few of them are left. Old five’s are to be saved mainly because I own an E39 and it’s epic, but also because numbers are dwindling and one day they both the E34 and E39 will be rarities.
Mazda MX-5 (Mk1)
For this one, you don’t need to ask, pop-up headlights and pure lightweight fun meaning they should be saved in a hot second.
Cars that we’d happily see head to the crusher
It starts life as a Cube and ends its life as a Cube, the cycle is complete.
Citroen Saxo VTS/VTR
Even when new the Saxo VTS/VTR was fairly terrible to drive with a wafty driving position and horrid dynamics. If you have one, chop it in a buy something decent.
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Simply because it’s a PT Cruiser, which is fairly simple and effective reasoning for wanting it to head to the crusher along with everyone else in the automotive world
For starters the engine is in the wrong place, it’s also hideous with its plastic flower holder promoting peace and love fifty years after the world stopped caring. Hence it goes straight to the crusher.
So, do you think some of these future classics should be saved or crushed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and join the discussion in #classics Live Chat.