Ford agrees not to destroy classic Standard Ten under scrappage scheme 0

Ford has agreed not to destroy a classic Standard Ten as part of its scrappage scheme, after the owner used it to save money on a new Transit van.

Classic car enthusiasts were up in arms after Ford had initially insisted the car would be scrapped as part of the scheme.

But Tim Holmes, Ford UK’s executive director, Communications & Public Affairs, now says that “we have been in discussion with Danny Hopkins, the editor of Practical Classics magazine, and we have found a solution that satisfies both the terms of our scrappage scheme and all the parties concerned”.

The car will no longer be allowed on the road, but has at least been saved from the crusher. Hopkins himself gave thanks to Ford “for doing the right thing as the car will now live on, in one way or another”.

One possible future home for the classic is a new museum being set up by the well-known Scottish garage owner and classic car collector Edward Sutherland.

The Ford scrappage scheme is just one of many implemented by various manufacturers aiming to persuade their customers to trade in their older more polluting vehicles for a cleaner new option. The various schemes have caused a fair amount of controversy regarding what happens to ‘classic cars’. Hopkins believes: “what now needs to happen is that this argument is taken to the DVLA to get them to adopt a policy that any car with ‘Historic’ on its V5 is automatically exempt [from being scrapped]“.

When it came out between 1954 and 1960, the Ten was considered a true competitor to the Morris Minor and the Austin A30. These days, very few examples of the small saloon remain on the roads.

The editor of Practical Classics, Hopkins said he had been contacted by former and current Ford employees distressed about the planned fate of the Ten. Even Lord Steel, president of the Federation of the British Historic Vehicle Club had protested to Ford over the matter.

The magazine’s deputy editor, James Walshe had travelled to Thurso to join the local car clubs who were attempting to save the Ten. He reports that the Standard is “in near mint condition; it has been inspected and it would certainly pass an MoT test”.

Peter Lockley, chairman of the Standard Motor Club, said earlier this week: “Ford should be ashamed of itself in attempting to destroy such a well-loved car. You would be amazed at how many visitors to motoring events up and down the country responds to a Ten with either ‘I learned to drive in one of those’ or, even more, frequently, ‘My dad had one’.”

Hopkins argues: “The historic vehicle industry is worth £5.5 billion per annum to UK PLC – a fact that makes an act of heritage vandalism such as this all the more extraordinary, especially from a car company.

“We are so lucky to have such a vibrant, passionate and active classic car movement in the UK, I am not surprised by the outrage that Ford’s intransigence inspired.

“If we are serious about our heritage – and we should be because it is big business – then this sort of mindless stupidity needs to be nipped in the bud. If a vehicle has ‘Historic’ on its V5 [registration document] it should be legally exempt from any scrappage scheme – period.”

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