‘Scrappage’ Stan­dard saved

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A Stan­dard Ten set for the scrap­per has had a stay of ex­e­cu­tion – but prob­a­bly won’t find its way back onto the road.

As re­ported in our 1 Novem­ber is­sue, Caith­ness-based Ford dealer, Dun­nets of Thurso, took the 1959 model in as part of its scrappage scheme and gave the owner £7000 off the price of a Tran­sit van.

The car was orig­i­nally to be crushed, but an out­cry has led to Ford re­con­sid­er­ing.

Ford UK’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and public af­fairs, Tim Holmes, says: ‘We have been in dis­cus­sions and have found a so­lu­tion that sat­is­fies both the terms of the scrappage scheme and all the par­ties con­cerned.’

The Stan­dard is now in se­cure stor­age, but its des­tiny is un­known. There are sev­eral op­tions at the mo­ment. CCW un­der­stands that it might be put into a Scot­tish mu­seum es­tab­lished by well­known clas­sic car col­lec­tor, Ed­ward Sutherland. It may also be re­cy­cled, with its parts be­ing used to save other Stan­dards. En­gines and bodyshells are par­tic­u­larly hard to come by.

The car, which is in su­perb con­di­tion, fol­low­ing a re­spray and in­stal­la­tion of a freshly re­trimmed in­te­rior, was of­fered for sale pre­vi­ously but with­out suc­cess.

Mint 1959 model is in se­cure stor­age, await­ing its fate.

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