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Rare classic set for breaker’s yard under Ford scrappage scheme

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 02/11/2017 Aidan Rennie-Jones
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Ford has caused a stir after its dealership in Thurso, Scotland took in a 1959 Standard Ten Gold Star as part of its scrappage scheme.

The rare classic was produced between 1954 and 1960 before the Triumph Herald took its place, and is therefore a rare sight on UK roads today.

Danny Hopkins is the editor of Practical Classics. He spoke to The Telegraph, saying: "I have also been approached by former and current Ford employees who are very saddened by this state of affairs and Lord Steel, the president of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, has contacted Ford on behalf of the FBHVC [about this]."

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Many car clubs across Scotland and the rest of the UK are currently in a bid to try and save the classic from being destroyed. Many of those who have seen the car have described it as being "In near mint condition".

According to The Telegraph, the car won the "Ladies Favourite" prize at the John O'Groats Classic Car Rally three years ago.

Peter Lockley, chairman of the Standard Motor Club is very unhappy about the situation.

Also speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "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'."

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