The French cars killed by scrappage: Peugeot

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In the third and final installment, PetrolBlog looks at the number of Peugeot cars killed as part of the UK government's scrappage scheme in 2009.

We've reached the end of our thoroughly depressing wander through the carnage left by the 2009 scrappage scheme. You've seen the effect it had on the nation's stock of Renaults and Citroëns, now it's time to look at Peugeot.

If you've read the previous posts, you'll know the drill. With the news that the government could revisit a scrappage scheme in 2020, PetrolBlog is keen to ensure we don't lose rare, exotic and desirable cars. More on this soon.

In the meantime, here's a rough guide to the Peugeot cars we lost in 2009. Remember, the figures aren't 100 percent accurate, but they are based on the official government spreadsheet. We're a little short on comedy names this time, but the ‘Peugeot 1.5 DO NOT USE’ sounds a little dodgy.

Oh, and one car is listed by its number plate. A cursory glance on the MOT history website shows that the car in question was a Peugeot 306 diesel with just 50,000 miles on the clock and a rather impressive MOT history. So much for removing unroadworthy cars from the road.

Peugeot 104: 1 scrapped

Peugeot 104

The Peugeot 104 is one of the rarest French cars in the country, with just 11 on the road and a further 27 listed as SORN. The 2009 scrappage scheme was responsible for the death of at least one.

Peugeot 402: 1 scrapped

Peugeot 402

This is almost certainly a typo, because it's highly unlikely that a roadworthy Peugeot 402 would be scrapped for a £2,000 discount against the price of a new car. It's more likely to be a 405 or a 406. Well, we have to hope that's the case.

Peugeot 607: 1 scrapped

Peugeot 607

The Peugeot 607 did a remarkably good job of surviving the scrappage scheme, presumably because even the earliest examples were worth more than £2,000 in 2009. Today, the big Pug is worth up to £2,000, which puts it firmly in the danger zone of a new £6,000 scrappage scheme.

Peugeot 304: 2 scrapped

Peugeot 304 Cabriolet

Bloody hell. One of the Peugeot 304 cars scrapped was the achingly pretty Cabriolet. What's wrong with people?

Peugeot 404: 2 scrapped

Peugeot 404 saloon

You could argue that the pair of Peugeot 404s weighed in for scrap must have been pretty rusty for them to be worth less than £2,000 in 2009. But here's the thing: both cars had a valid MOT. It begs the question: how many owners were unaware of the true worth of their cars?

Peugeot 207: 5 scrapped

Peugeot 207

Another case of an incorrect entry? Even the earliest examples of the Peugeot 207 would have been worth more than £2,000 in 2009. We have to assume that the five cars in question were 206s or 205s. Either that or five people scrapped a car to buy a 207.

Peugeot 504: 6 scrapped

Peugeot 504

It's rather sad to discover that half a dozen tough-as-old-boots Peugeot 504s were scrapped in favour of something more disposable. There is some good news: the Peugeot 604 managed to escape death by scrappage.

Peugeot 107: 13 scrapped

Peugeot 107

The Peugeot 107 was launched in 2005, which means it was too new to be eligible for the scrappage scheme in 2009. However, it's the kind of car that will be in the firing line of a new scheme in 2009. Watch your back, 107.

Peugeot 308: 14 scrapped

Peugeot 308

The original 308 serves as a reminder of how far Peugeot had fallen by the mid-noughties. That said, this is likely to be an incorrect entry, as the 308 arrived in 2007. Unfortunately, the 14 cars in question were more likely to be the 306.

Peugeot 407: 14 scrapped

Peugeot 407

The Peugeot 407 is another car that's likely to be hammered by a new scrappage scheme. Not old enough to be interesting, but not new enough to be valuable.

Peugeot 505: 24 scrapped

Peugeot 505

This is a hard one to take, not least because around a fifth of the Peugeot 505s scrapped had a GTI badge. There were a few Family models chucked in for good measure, too. Sad times.

Peugeot 305: 26 scrapped

Peugeot 305 Break GL

There are 39 Peugeot 305 models registered as on-the-road in Britain. Back in 2009, two-thirds of that number were lost to scrappage.

Peugeot 605: 26 scrapped

Peugeot 605

God help the Peugeot 605 if the government launches another scrappage scheme.

Peugeot 307: 30 scrapped

Peugeot 307

The Peugeot 307 is another car that's likely to be swept away by the big scrappage brush. The original 307 is ageing well – far better than the ill-judged facelift. Mind you, Peugeot has a habit of misjudging facelifts.

Peugeot Boxer: 46 scrapped

Peugeot Boxer van

Here are four vans in a row, starting with the Peugeot Boxer...

Peugeot Expert: 96 scrapped

Peugeot Expert

Followed by the Peugeot Expert...

Peugeot 806: 115 scrapped

Peugeot 806

Then the Peugeot 806 Eurovan...

Peugeot Partner: 263 scrapped

Peugeot Partner van

And finally, the Peugeot Partner. Moments after this photo was taken, the delivery guy popped into WHSmith for a free bottle of water and a bar of chocolate for a pound. He only went in for a newspaper.

Peugeot 309: 401 scrapped

Peugeot 309 Zest

We're getting into big numbers. Here's a scary thought: more Peugeot 309s were lost to scrappage than are registered as on-the-road in 2020.

Peugeot 405: 1,433 scrapped

Peugeot 405

There are around 3,000 Peugeot 405s listed as SORN in 2020, which is a figure that requires further investigation. In the meantime, nearly 1,500 were lost to scrappage.

Peugeot 205: 2,433 scrapped

Peugeot 205

Two-and-a-half-thousand Peugeot 205s fell victim to the scrappage scheme. At least 30 of them were GTI models. Look at Peugeot 205 GTI values in 2020 to discover why scrapping them was a poor financial decision.

Peugeot 406: 3,162

Peugeot 406

This figure includes at least 47 Peugeot 406 Coupes. What a way to treat one of the most beautiful cars of all time.

Peugeot 206: 3,298 scrapped

Peugeot 206

If you thought Renault suffered badly at the hands of scrappage, Peugeot is here to say ‘hold my beer’. Nearly 3,300 Peugeot 206s were lost...

Peugeot 306: 9,551 scrapped

Peugeot 306

Along with 9,500 Peugeot 306s. Let that figure sink in for a while, because it's a truly shocking amount. Few cars manage to rock the black bumper look quite as well as the Peugeot 306.

Peugeot 106: 10,100 scrapped

Peugeot 106

Although the Peugeot 106 was ‘out-scrappaged’ by the Renault Clio, this remains a massive number. Of this number, at least four were Rallyes and 41 were GTIs.

Remember to take a look at the number of Renault and Citroën cars lost to scrappage in 2009. Coming soon: PetrolBlog's response to the threat of a similar scheme in 2020. Watch this space. No, not that space. This space.

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