A South Yorkshire man was stunned to find the car he had stashed in his garage is the oldest of its kind in the UK.
Vintage car enthusiast Graham Wall, aged 72, bought the rare 1955/56 Morris Isis 12 years ago for just £200.
However, he then stuck it at the back of his garage and left it.
It was not until last year that he rediscovered the car, covered in rubbish, and has spent the last 12 months restoring it to its former glory – only to be told by an expert that it is the oldest model in the country and the second oldest in the world.
But the grandad-of-four, of Woodstock Road, Barnsley, is not fazed by the revelation.
Instead, he plans to use the four-door 2.5-litre vehicle to tow his family caravan to the seaside with 70-year-old retired cleaner wife Betty.
Retired joiner Graham said: “I was surprised when I was told it was so rare.
“I don’t know how much it’s worth but if I was to sell it, I don’t think I’d let it go for less than £12,000.”
Graham - who has nicknamed the car Sissy - said:
“I’ve been tinkering with cars for about 14 years so I’ve come to pick up all sorts of skills.
“It’s a good hobby to have - and it gets me out from under the wife’s feet too.”