British Motor Museums

6th November 2017

A classic car saved !

The roadworthy 1959 Standard Ten that was destined to be scrapped after it was used to get money off a new Transit van via Ford's scrappage scheme has been saved. Ford came under fire from classic car enthusiasts for its intransigence in insisting that the Standard had to be scrapped under the terms 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 vehicle will have to remain off the road, but it has avoided a crusher-bound fate and Hopkins thanks "Ford for doing the right thing as the car will now live on, in one way or another".

One possible long-term home for this rare car is for it to become an exhibit in the museum that is being established in the region by the well-known Scottish garage owner and classic car collector Edward Sutherland.

However, this is unlikely to be the last controversy regarding classic vehicles and various manufacturers' scrappage schemes and Hopkins contends that "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]". Between 1954 and 1960 the Ten was regarded a very viable alternative to the likes of the Morris Minor and the Austin A30 but today few of these once ubiquitous small saloons now remain on the road.

Practical Classics editor Hopkins said he had been approached by former and current Ford employees saddened by events and that Lord Steel, the president of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, had contacted Ford over the matter.

James Walshe, the magazine’s deputy editor, 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”.

Although Standard produced many Tens from 1906, this version ran from 1954 to 1960 before being replaced by the Triumph Herald. 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.

courtesy Daily Telegraph 02.11.17

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