Farewell to in­fa­mous pair

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - wey­mouth-tyres.co.uk

Dorset enthusiasts looked on late last month as a pair of in­fa­mous Wey­mouth clas­sics were carted away and scrapped. Clas­sic Car Weekly un­der­stands that both cars – a 1971 Wolse­ley 16-60 and a 1983 Rover SD1 2000 – had been sat on the same Wyke Regis drive­way for sev­eral decades (and were com­pletely rot­ten when re­cov­ered). Lo­cals, who watched the Wolse­ley break in half as it was winched on the re­cov­ery truck, re­garded both cars as some­thing be­tween a land­mark and an eye­sore.

The col­lec­tion was a par­tic­u­larly poignant one for Adam Dowsett, whose fa­ther Nigel sold the SD1 2000 to its owner as a sec­ond­hand car in the Eight­ies. The fam­ily busi­ness, Dowsetts Mo­tors Lim­ited, now a tyre bay and ser­vice cen­tre, cel­e­brated its 40th birthday last year. ‘The Rover still had one of our orig­i­nal Dowsett stickers in the win­dow from when it was sold,’ Adam said.

The lo­cal recycling yard which hauled the Wolse­ley and Rover away told

CCW that pan­els and smaller parts had been bought by enthusiasts be­fore it pro­cessed the cars for recycling.

Enthusiasts were able to save a few spares be­fore scrap­ping.

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