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A Haverhill garage has been found to contain an abandoned car built some 70 years ago




The clearance of a disused garage in Haverhill has thrown up the surprising discovery of an antique car that had not been driven for at least 48 years.

The discovery was made by estate rangers from Havebury Housing Partnership at a garage in Ickleton Place last July.

Havebury required access to the garage to replace the door.

The Triumph Mayflower discovered in a disused lock up garage in Haverhill. Picture by Havebury Housing Partnership
The Triumph Mayflower discovered in a disused lock up garage in Haverhill. Picture by Havebury Housing Partnership

The rent account was in arrears and the owner was no longer contactable.

So, working with external agencies, Havebury gained lawful access to the garage, where they found a Triumph Mayflower, a car that was only manufactured from 1949-53.

Tom Plumb, one of the Havebury rangers in attendance when it was found, said: “It’s lovely to think that after so many years being sat unloved it may get another chance at life again.”

The inside of the garage where the car was found. Picture by Havebury Housing Partnership
The inside of the garage where the car was found. Picture by Havebury Housing Partnership

The rangers involved in the clearance safely moved the car from inside the garage whilst onlookers watched from a safe area, one onlooker commented that they had seen the car in the garage over 20 years ago, added a spokesperson from Havebury.

Once the car was moved outside of the garage, the true extent of what had been left behind could be seen.

Amazingly, newspapers littered the floor dating back to 1972, meaning the car had not been moved in 48 years.

Two auctioneers who were present on the day of removal were impressed with how dry the car had stayed and the lack of rust given the time it has sat still.

Its condition, added the spokesperson, was a testament to the type of garages being let out by Havebury.

The car will be sent to auction with Anglian Car Auctions along with a new head and some other parts.

Also discovered were some vintage lamps alongside some old oil cans, which, even when empty are collectable.

A spokesperson from Anglian Car Auctions explained: “The car was MOT exempt so had it been running it could have been taken straight on to the road.

“Whilst it may not be a massively popular car, these are very hard to come by nowadays and it will likely be purchased, via one of our auctions, by someone who will restore it.”

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