Say it Ain’t So: Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce Among Clunkers Casualities?



The official Cash for Clunkers website has released a list of cars that were traded in on the program, and some the vehicles on the list are downright shocking.

Most are not… there are at least 60,000 Ford Explorers on the list, most of them from the early to mid-90s, though a couple of 2008 models were turned in.

But check out these cars that were on the list, and keep in mind that the law requires the engines of these vehicles to be permanently disabled. Try not to weep:

  • 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante (I found one for sale here for just $69,500. )
  • 2006 Audi A4 Cabriolet Quattro (OK, so it’s not a supercar, but still…)
  • 1992 BMW 850i (For sale here for $24K.)
  • 1987 Buick GNX (Only 547 were ever built.)
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler 300 AWD (There were 3 of these.)
  • 1987 Excalibur Autos Phaeton (No joke, but still hard to believe.)
  • 2000 Jaguar XK8 convertible (I would’ve gladly paid that guy 5 grand for his car rather than see it killed just to get $4,500 off a Hyundai.)
  • 1985 Maserati Quattroporte (You just don’t junk a Maserati.)
  • 2005 Mazda RX8 (Still worth about $15K)
  • 1997 Rolls-Royce Continental R (Ever heard the words “Rolls-Royce” and “clunker” in the same sentence?)
  • 2008 Scion xD (Wait a minute. This thing is rated at 29 mpg, for one thing. Secondly, it’s still worth about $16K. How’d this one slip through?)

You can see the full list here, but I’m warning you, it’s got everything. Corvette and Camaro fans may want to stay away.

Would you have taken any of these cars off owners’ hands before they were sent to the crusher?



  1. I can’t see anything on the list that would even make remote sense as a clunker, especially not the Rolls or any of the high-end German cars. Letting a car that would bring five easy digits, and in the case of the Rolls as many as six, for four just does not make good sense, it wouldn’t matter if it was traded on a Ford or a Ferrari.

  2. Wow a 2008 Mustang for clunker money but really if these exotic supercars were saleable would they have been scrapped more likely they were in need of repairs exceeding their value and people were happy to be shot of them.

  3. All true car lovers will feel like vomiting upon reading this list. The C-for-C program was not only an exorbitant way to stimulate car sales; it did next to nothing to benefit the environment. We will look back on this as another instance of a good idea totally bungled because of all the special-interest manipulation in the final version of the bill. Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom now.

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