The supercar doesn’t really have a place here on Not2Grand. We have nothing against them, it’s just down to high-end exotica rarely falling below our steadfast financial cap of £2,000. We can’t afford a supercar here, so we stick to old crap that breaks down far too much.
However, we recently visited Douglas Valley breakers in Wigan, where we were confronted with an array of supercars that had been brought down to our level. Yep, this is a scrap yard filled to the brim with bent and twisted cars that are more at home on bedroom wall posters than a wet Wigan industrial plot.
The company has been dealing in supercar salvage for decades. The contents of the yard go to show that any car can become the victim of a collision. Or, in the case of many of the bent cars here, the victim of an overzealous right foot.
Douglas Valley is the backdrop for the final days of many a Bentley, Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus, TVR, Rolls and many more.
As we understand it, most are Cat A or B, which makes sense when you see the state they’re in. According to the owner, it’s big business. These cars are worth as much in parts as they are as full cars. That’s because unlike a bent Focus or 308, people will actually buy a damaged Ferrari bonnet or a twisted Porsche Turbo alloy. They’re arty, apparently. And as such, become the project of upcycling – V8 engine block coffee table or Testarossa alloy floor lamp, anyone?
As you can imagine, it was a pretty surreal experience. But none the less, it was one we thought you lot would like to see. It just serves as a reminder that no matter what the marque, they all end up in same place. It’s just less painful when it’s a cheap motor we suppose!