These Retro Rides Have Been Left To Rot Thanks To A Government Scheme

A group of urban explorers took a stroll through one of the sites used to hold scrappage scheme cars, and the footage makes for distressing viewing...

Remind me later

It’s no secret that we lost some incredible modern classic cars thanks to the UK government’s 2009 scrappage scheme. A full list of cars ‘killed’ by the initiative - which involved trading an older car for a £2000 discount off a new one - was published about four years ago, followed up by some sad-looking pictures from one of the storage sites used for the vehicles in Bedford.

Now, a group of urban explorers have gone to that same site to produce the video above, and the footage - we warn you - may produce actual tears. The site is now dominated by newer cars, but there is still a fairly large contingent of the scrappage cars here, and many of them are gems.

These cars were condemned to scrap for a £2000 discount, although ironically many are now worth more even in poor condition...
These cars were condemned to scrap for a £2000 discount, although ironically many are now worth more even in poor condition...

There are multiple Porsche 924 and 944s, a cluster of VW Beetles, several Peugeot 205 GTIs and a lot of Land Rover Defenders. There’s even a Pontiac Firebird, for Pete’s sake. Interestingly though, some of them have now been stripped of interior parts - this was previously thought to be impossible under the terms of the scheme.

Take a look through the video, and if you can stop sobbing for a moment, let us know which rotting modern classic upsets you the most…