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Tale of the Carlisle mechanic and a car called Norman

For over two decades a trusty little Peugeot 205 has been trundling around Cumbria – without ever breaking down.

David Usher photo
David Usher with the Peugeot 205

And that’s thanks to a Carlisle car mechanic who has now ended up buying the hatchback – to save it from the scrap heap.

David Usher and his wife Jean, who run Peugeot specialists Ushers Garage on Currock Road Trade Centre, have paid just £100 for the metallic blue 205, the same price its previous owner was offered to get it scrapped.

The 1.4XL model, first registered in March 1990, has only covered 79,000 miles, which equates to an average of just over 3,500 miles a year.

But its tax ran out at the end of February and its MOT is due to expire on Saturday(March 17).

David said: “I’ve serviced this car for 20 years and when I heard it was heading to the scrapyard decided I had to save it.

“It’s in far too good condition to see it sent to car heaven.”

But the 56-year-old has no idea what he is going to do with the three-door runaround – named affectionately Norman thanks to its registration plate G124ORM.

“I first serviced it for a Carlisle lady way back in 1991 and have continued doing work on it right up until I bought it,” said David.

“Its last owner paid £200 for it three years ago and came to me begging for help.

“He has an attachment to it so didn’t want to see it scrapped when he bought a new car.

“I rang around a few mates to see if they wanted it but had no luck so decided I had to do something to save it.”

The car is in good working order, although doesn’t have modern(ish) comforts such as power steering or an automatic choke.

But, according to David, it provides a cheap form of transport for anyone not wanting to break the bank.

“I think too many people get rid of perfectly good cars far too easily these days,” he said.

Have your say

Sorry Roy, you need to pause for breath occasionally, your rambling post makes for hard reading.

Posted by Brian on 19 March 2012 at 13:20

Recycling isnt a familiar word in the car manafacturers/salesmans/dealers world..unlike the word, profit..

Posted by John on 19 March 2012 at 00:19

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