Farewell to infamous pair
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.