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Man discovers a car buried in his back garden

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2020 · Comment icon 12 comments

The Ford Popular was manufactured from 1953 to 1962. Image Credit: PD - AlfvanBeem
John Brayshaw was digging in his yard in Heckmondwike when he unearthed an entire 1950s Ford Popular 103E.
The bizarre discovery, which the 40-year-old made while digging holes for decking posts during the coronavirus lockdown, would go on to spark a mystery spanning more than 70 years.

While the search for answers initially left him scratching his head, John got a lucky break when a man contacted him and explained that the car had been buried there by his father Harold Lyles.

The story goes that Harold - a World War II veteran and former electrician - had purchased the vehicle when it was three months old for his wife in 1958 however she ended up severely disliking it.

He drove the car for six years until it developed a mechanical fault which was too expensive to fix.
Unwilling to pay the fee to have it towed away for scrap, Harold left it in his garden for a while before enlisting the help of his brother to bury it in the ground as a sort of time capsule for future generations.

Sadly Harold died in 1987, however his wife - who is 91 - has since been informed about the find.

"It's absolutely fantastic to have the answers to the mystery," said John. "I'm over the moon to have found the car and put a story to it."

"It's amazing that his family is still around and I'm glad they have got to see this."

Source: Telegraph and Argus | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
A lot of farmers buried tractors, cars and trucks from the 50s to the 80s. It's pretty funny watching construction crews at housing projects pulling up old cars and trucks. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
That's how they were to survive an atomic bomb...  ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
I forgot about that.   My stepfather was always debunking people crying and worrying about a war with the Soviet Union so we never worried about it. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Let's remember...  ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Those videos were so idiotic I burned them out of my brain. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by JVG 4 years ago
Worms and dirt...
Comment icon #9 Posted by jowasmus 4 years ago
I suppose that it's much, much better to find a car than a dead body. LOL My luck, I'd find an ancient indian burial ground. We all know how that turned out in Poltergeist.
Comment icon #10 Posted by nevins 4 years ago
Literally underground parking.
Comment icon #11 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Umm... not in the UK, they didn't ? 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
In the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. *snip*

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