Englishman finds ’50s Ford buried in his garden

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The BBC reports that, while doing a spot of lockdown gardening, a man in England’s West Yorkshire area found an entire car buried in his backyard. Complete with its drivetrain and license plate, the unfortunate vehicle appears to be a Ford Popular from the 1950s, possibly put into permanent underground storage to avoid a scrapping fee when steel prices were at their lowest.

Now, John Brayshaw is waiting for your call if you have any idea who and why put a Ford once registered “VWX 192” in his garden.

Built in England 1953–62, the Ford “Pop” was a mass-market car positioned below Ford Anglias and Perfects, advertised as “the number one choice as your number two car.” With a base price less than double the tax one had to pay on it, the Ford Popular was the cheapest two-door sedan in the world, at least according to Ford UK.

A 1.2-liter engine with 30 hp, a three-speed manual gearbox, easy maintenance, and the option of a pickup bed as long as you lived in Australia. These were the rather limited features of Ford’s “Pop,” though they clearly did not impress the person who buried this one.

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