Kind of closure on this one. The insurance have issued a cheque (very quickly I have to say - no hassle, no quibble on the amount) and the salvage has gone off to what ever they will make of it. I have now said my final farewell to what was a great car and will remember the 32,000 miles driven in her with great fondness. We had some good times together. Now its time to move on and the search for a worthy successor continues.
They're not keen to do that any more. The Ins Co have a recommended salvage buyer, and they get all sulky if they don't get everything, so even if the storage and recovery charges come to more than the value of the salvage, then the charges still end up being paid out and the salvage going.
I saw at before the auction opened it got to £525 pre bidding. The photos didn't show the fire damage to the transmission tunnel carpet and switch gear, so there is even more hidden damage probably. Love to know who got her and they seem to have got a bargain compared to the salvage price I was asked for if I wanted it back.