In 2009, the Government launched their car scrappage scheme to encourage customers to buy a new car, providing £1,000 to anyone who had owned a used car for over 12 months. The manufacturer also provided a £1,000 discount on the list price to provide the customer with a £2,000 saving. The scheme was wildly successful and many brands have recently introduced their own versions of the scheme, to help improve new car sales.

As classic car nuts, we wanted to see how many classic cars were scrapped under this scheme; unfortunately for many enthusiasts, it isn’t a happy ending. We delved deep into the Freedom of Information Act’s impressive data records, to find out more about this intriguing scheme. What’s great about the Freedom of Information Act is, the data is available to the general public. The data was not audited; it was reliant upon the trader entering the correct details.

So, we got stuck in and found the details we needed on all the cars that were scrapped back in 2009. After trawling through 27,000 records, we’ve compiled a list of classic cars that have been sadly scrapped, as a result of this handy scheme.

Most scrapped classic cars

Auditing the data and summing up duplicates as well as model variants we compiled a list of the top 5 classic cars that were scrapped.


The Mini – 522 scrapped

Yes, it pains me to write this but nearly 500 classic Mini’s were scrapped in 2009, with 45 of those being the Rover Mini. Now over the 50 year period of production, there were many variants, some better than others, but this is still a massive waste, especially considering how prices have increased across the whole range.

The MGB GT – 67 scrapped

Another gorgeous classic, even the later rubber bumper versions were still a classic, often underrated the MGB GT with its modern monocoque frame was a fantastic British sports car. And who could forget about the truly awesome V8 versions…

The Morris Minor – 66 scrapped

Quintessentially English, a car which was designed by Alec Issigonis it has been cherished and loved ever since it rolled off the production line way back in 1948.

The Golf GTI – 460 Scrapped

The exact version is not detailed within the data, so it could be the awesome Mk1 or the not so awesome Mk5, but any Golf GTi is in our opinion a classic or future classic and should have been saved from the scrapper.

The VW Beetle – 66 Scrapped

Noooooooo!!! 66 gorgeous classic Beetles were scrapped in 2009, considering it was and has always been a classic, I hope whoever traded theirs in has been living in automotive misery ever since.

Top future classics

As well as the classics, as they were back in 2009 we also wanted to look at future classics, cars which may not have been as cherished as they were 8 years ago.

MGF – 379 scrapped

One of the first cars to have the MG badge since the MG B, the MGF was a fantastic little sports car, blighted with head gasket issues on early cars, it never took off as it should have done. This may have been the reason why so many were scrapped, but prices are now bottoming out.

Peugeot 205 GTI – 28 scrapped

We would argue that even in 2009 this was a classic hot hatch, but 28 owners disagreed and the French pocket rocket was sent to the crusher. These are now very popular with collectors and early models are demanding good money.

Toyota MR2 – 254 scrapped

Again we are unsure on whether this is the Mk1 or Mk2 version but either in our opinion are fantastic cars and should definitely have been cherished. These were light and nimble cars with early examples showing up on eBay for strong prices.

Golf VR6 – 28 scrapped

A Golf GTi with a V6, what’s not to love, unfortunately, it didn’t stop 28 owners from scrapping them in favour of a new car, I just hope it was worth it.

What about now?

We hope that now owners are more aware of the potential of older cars, but with recent news that scrappage schemes are returning, we do have concerns that more classics will be scrapped.

Manufacturers are also starting their own scrappage schemes, with Vauxhall promising that any scrapped classic cars will have the parts put back into circulation. But Ford has, at this current time refused to do so, and all cars which are scrapped will be sent to the shredder.

Our advice to anyone who owns a low mileage car more than 15 years old is to check online for current prices and compare it to what is currently being offered. If there are owner clubs for your car then we would suggest selling it to these before trading in, as they will have more appreciation of the car’s worth than a dealer just looking to move units.

This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.