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Top 10: Cars killed by the scrappage scheme

Launched in 2009 in an effort to give the then struggling motor industry a boost, the Government-backed scrappage scheme provided buyers with a £2000 discount off any brand new car – as long as they traded in their ‘old banger’. The problem, however, was that among the 392,000 vehicles part-exchanged via scrappage was a large proportion of ‘modern classics’, many of which could have had years of life left in them.

So we’ve trawled through the statistics now released under the Freedom of Information Act and collated ten of the ‘up and coming’ classics that suffered most via the scrappage scheme. For fans of any of the models featured here, the figures make depressing reading…

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Citroen AX (1960 scrapped)

With low resale values and the temptation of a discounted new car proving too much of a temptation to owners, it’s little wonder that Citroen’s smallest offering was one of the biggest players in the scrappage scheme. Even so, the news that almost two thousand Citroen AXs were crushed via scrappage comes as something of a shock.

Surviving AXs in good order are inevitably less of a common sight than they once were, but are an ideal choice for anybody seeking a modern classic that’s lightweight, nippy and hugely economical.


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