The World's Most Hideous Ford Ka Is Officially Dead [Update To A Post From 2 Years Ago]
If you’ve been following me here on Car Throttle for a long time (like, honestly, a VERY long time), you might still remember this cringy post from over two years ago, in which I “rated” all the “riced” cars I could find in my little village. And, believe it or not, two years later I feel like I have to give you an update on it.
The atrocious Ford Ka you see above - in even more atrocious quality - was one of the cars I featured in the article. In fact, it was the one that inspired me to write the article in the first place - for years, it sat parked on a huge property in the center of our village, right next to the bus stop from where I walked home every afternoon. One day, I decided to take a quick picture of it - with the potato of a phone I had back then, and from quite a distance (as said, the property is huge). Not even a full week later, the Ka was gone. Citing the original image caption from the article (which I published a couple of days after the Ka’s disappearance): “[…] and now it’s (finally) gone… I hope they scrapped it, but if it does come back, I will try again to take pics of it”.
Well, as expected, the years passed by, and I never got to see it again. I was sure that the car had long been scrapped, recycled and turned into Red Bull cans. But I was proven wrong.
January 19th, 2019. Me and my Mum pull into our local recycling yard, which sits right between the afore-mentioned huge property and our local fire station. It’s also the place where the fire department stores the cars they’re going to use for upcoming accident simulations, so it’s not uncommon to see some sort of a beat-up economy car at the far right side of the yard. This time, though, I couldn’t believe my eyes: The white 3rd gen Volkswagen Polo from my last visit to the recycling yard was gone, and instead - you guessed it - there was the Ka. Undoubtedly the exact one from two years ago, with the purple paintjob, the airbrushed flames on the side, the racing stripes and number, and that monstrosity of a wing made entirely from wood…
I was baffled, I would have never imagined this car was still around. The sheer fact that it ended up 50m away from the spot where it sat for years after having disappeared for so long seemed like one hell of a coincidence, to an extent where it’s almost impossible that it actually was one. In a way, I was even happy to see it again. But I knew from its parking spot that it would soon face its death once and for all.
And well, that’s exactly what happened - when we visited the recycling yard again today, the Ka was still there, but it was in a right state. The fire department had used it to test one of their new tools: a set of giant chains that could be wrapped around the A- and C-pillars of a crashed car to yank it apart and rescue the passenger. Basically, they turn the accident site into a spectacular tug-off-war-battle between the crashed car and two enormous fire trucks. They posted some pictures of the training on their website, which show the Ka in an even worse state than what it looks like now - it seems like it all sort of popped back into shape after the chains were removed…
This was the final battle for that riced-out Ka that’s been haunting my dreams for years. And, not surprisingly, it lost to the brutal force of two fire engines yanking at either end of it. There’s only one conclusion: final destination - scrapyard. The world sighs with relief… at least until I feast your eyes on the next victim awaiting its death at the side of the fire station: a beautiful BMW E39 5-Series, with M performance wheels and a champagne brown leather interior. You can just about see it in the corner of one of my pictures, it’s obviously been totaled already by its former owner - but still, it really hurts my heart to see such a gorgeous car sitting in that doomed spot…
That’s it for the update to that age-old post, I hope you enjoyed this little “behind the scenes” story. See you guys next time!
Tobi aka German Perfectionist