Aston and Bentley go to the crusher under US scrappage scheme
25 September 2009

A raft of rare and exotic cars have been crushed in the US under their version of the scrappage scheme.

Whereas a number of MGBs and low-end Porsches have met their end through Britain’s scrappage scheme, in America a Bentley Continental R and an Aston DB7 Volante have been destroyed under the “cash for clunkers” incentive, the Detroit Free press reports.

The US scheme, which ended last month, offered car buyers discounts of up to $4500 (£2700) towards new cars when they traded in old vehicles.

Other cars that ended up in US crushers were a 1999 Mercedes C43 AMG, two special edition 450bhp Ford F150 pickups, a 1985 Maserati Quattroporte, a BMW 850i, and 131 Chevrolet Corvettes.

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25 September 2009

[quote Autocar] in America a Bentley Continental R and an Aston DB7 Volante have been destroyed under the “cash for clunkers” incentive [/quote]

[quote Autocar] Other cars that ended up in US crushers were a 1999 Mercedes C43 AMG, two special edition 450bhp Ford F150 pickups, a 1985 Maserati Quattroporte, a BMW 850i, and 131 Chevrolet Corvettes.[/quote]

Ouch! I think I'm having a heart attack! I like quite a-lot all of the cars mentioned...except maybe the pickup...but the rest are to be mourned for many years to come.

Sorry for all the negativism, but those are truly great cars which I can only ever dream of owning...and their owners simply sent them to the crusher to get a measly $4500...

 

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25 September 2009

I think I'm going to cry :-(

And I thought that UK scrappage photos were depressing.

25 September 2009

Insanity!!!

25 September 2009

I live in the U.S. and I must admit we live in a wasteful society.

I like to know the story on these cars, because certainly they are with more than $4,500 in any condition. These owners could at least donate them to charity, and their tax deduction would be worth well more than $4,500. Bizarre.

26 September 2009

Just a terrible waste, those are perfectly good cars.

26 September 2009

[quote Autocar]A raft of rare and exotic cars have been crushed in the US under their version of the scrappage scheme.

Whereas a number of MGBs and low-end Porsches have met their end through Britain’s scrappage scheme, in America a Bentley Continental R and an Aston DB7 Volante have been destroyed under the “cash for clunkers” incentive, the Detroit Free press reports.

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Not sure I beleive this, even Americans aren't stupid enough to crush a car worth at least $30000(Bentley) for a measily $4500 dollars off a new car. Or are they??

26 September 2009

And all of them looked brand new in the photos ;). I guess this just reflects the relative wealth of the US vs the UK. There must be some folk in poorer countries struggling to understand scrappage at all. Why don't we just ship the clunkers to Botswana?
P.S. Can we see some photos of what has been scrapped in Romania!

27 September 2009

can we soon look forward to autocar running-

what germany scrapped (this would be a rather large feature)

what france scrapped

what italy scrapped

what portugal scrapped

what romania scrapped..etc etc....

no?....i thought not....sony are introducing a TV scrappage scheme...i will look out for in my home cinema magazine hi res picture gallery of old classic TVs to mourn too....

you wanted this autocar...you got it.

27 September 2009

What the F#$k are they thinking? They cant really have destroyed such cars, can they?

I would have quite happily taken any of the Vettes, I reckon they are all on a container ship somewhere; probably in Russia.

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