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Man who was gardening amid coronavirus lockdown unearths car from 1950s

A father of two who was gardening while at home during the coronavirus lockdown has unearthed what is believed to car from the 1950s – buried under his lawn.

John Brayshaw, 40, dug up the mysterious motor in his back garden in the Spen Valley and it was still mostly intact, with its engine, doors and registration plate.

John, who bought the house in Heckmondwike six months ago, was digging post panels to start decking his garden when he found the car, which was buried on its side in a 7ft x 10ft hole.




He believes the car is a 1955/56 Ford Popular 103e based on the style of the dashboard and the steering wheel.

John said he has no idea why it would be buried in the middle of his garden – but it has been suggested to him the car could have a military link.

He said: “It’s really weird. It’s not something you find every day – it is literally in the middle of my garden.



“It’s one of those things that you literally have to see it to believe it.

“I was like ‘what on earth is this?’

“I thought it was an old air raid shelter at first, then I saw the roof and I thought ‘who’d bury the roof of a car?’

“Then I kept digging at saw the door, the steering wheel and realised it was a full car complete with the registration plate.

“The only thing that was missing was the wheels.

“I’ve been told that at the end of world war two there was an influx of people that used to work for the Secret Service.

“It has also been suggested to me that the colour of the car is known as ‘RAF grey’.

“The house has got a full cellar, which is under a trap door.




“I can’t find a trace of the registration pate anywhere and there seems to be no record of the car available, which is weird as well.”

The Ford Popular, often called the Ford Pop, was built in England between 1953 and 1962. When launched, it was Britain’s lowest priced car.

John, a contracts manager had planned to lay the decking over the Bank Holiday weekend, but due to being put on Furlough leave he decided to start the work early.

He said: “I had all the materials ready and I needed to do something to put my brain back into action. I was just sat in the house watching the news and it was frying my brain.

“So I thought let’s start this decking, I never for a second thought I’d find anything like this.



“I was digging post panels for my decking and I hit something hard, so I started doing some digging around it.

“I’d say the hole it is in 7ft deep, 10ft long and 5ft wide.