Man Finds Classic 1950s Car Buried in his Backyard While Gardening

Man Finds Classic 1950s Car Buried in his Backyard While Gardening
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Man Finds Classic 1950s Car Buried in his Backyard While Gardening

After discovering a car hidden in his backyard, a gardener made an incredible discovery.

In his home garden in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, John Brayshaw who was 40 year age stumbled over something that seemed like a Ford Popular

Six months ago, John bought his House. John was digging post panels to start decking his garden when he found the car, which was buried on its side in a 7ft by 10ft hole.

Man Finds Classic 1950s Car Buried in his Backyard While Gardening
John Brayshaw was left stunned after uncovering a Ford Popular underneath his garden lawn
John has appealed for any knowledge of how the 1950s car came to be buried
John has appealed for any knowledge of how the 1950s car came to be buried

‘It’s not something you find every day – it is literally in the middle of my garden. It’s just weird how it’s down there.’ he said.

‘I’d love to be able to get the car out, but I don’t think it is possible by hand.’

Mr. Brayshaw is now keen for people to get into contact with him on how the 1950’s vehicle bizarrely ended up buried within the lawn in the center of his garden.

The grey car although largely broken up does still has its engine and registration plate accompanying it.

Early thoughts are the car is thought to be a military vehicle.

‘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,’ John added.

‘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 realized it was a full car complete with the registration plate.

‘The only thing that was missing was the wheels.’

1950s Ford Popular 103E, like the one found in the man’s garden.
1950s Ford Popular 103E, like the one found in the man’s garden.

The Ford Popular was built by Ford UK in England between 1953 and 1962 and was often nicknamed a ‘Pop’.

On Britain’s roads, they were a common sight and were a slightly cheaper alternative to other Ford cars such as the Anglia and Prefect.

The version thought to be buried in Mr. Brayshaw’s garden is the 103E model which was in production from 1953 up until the end of the decade.

For the final three years of the car’s run, it was given a dramatic makeover with the 100E series.

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.