The roadworthy 1959 Standard Ten that was destined to be scrapped after it was used to get money off a new Transit van via Ford's scrappage scheme has been saved.
Ford came under fire from classic car enthusiasts for its intransigence in insisting that the Standard had to be scrapped under the terms of the scheme.
But Tim Holmes, Ford UK’s executive director, Communications & Public Affairs, now says that "we have been in discussion with Danny Hopkins, the editor of Practical Classics magazine, and we have found a solution that satisfies both the terms of our scrappage scheme and all the parties concerned".
The vehicle will have to remain off the road, but it has avoided a crusher-bound fate and Hopkins thanks "Ford for doing the right thing as the car will now live on, in one way or another".
One possible long-term home for this rare car is for it to become an exhibit in the museum that is being established in the region by the well-known Scottish garage owner and classic car collector Edward Sutherland.
However, this is unlikely to be the last controversy regarding classic vehicles and various manufacturers' scrappage schemes and Hopkins contends that "what now needs to happen is that this argument is taken to the DVLA to get them to adopt a policy that any car with 'Historic' on its V5 is automatically exempt [from being scrapped]".