Classics Monthly - - Workshop -

The brazen theft of an MG from out­side the owner’s home in broad day­light has raised wider con­cerns over stretched po­lice re­sources and what ap­pears to be an epi­demic of stolen clas­sics.

In a case that car­ried the hall­marks of a com­mis­sioned theft, MG Own­ers' Club mem­ber Kay Pin­nock (pic­tured right) re­turned home from work late on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1, to find that the beloved 1971 MGB she’s owned for 45 years had gone miss­ing from the busy street out­side her res­i­dence in south, Lon­don. The 65-year-old was as­ton­ished when she ex­am­ined CCTV footage to dis­cover the thieves had used a red Hyundai to push the car down the busy street, later es­tab­lish­ing that it had been placed onto the back of a yel­low low loader lorry be­fore be­ing driven away.

For­tu­nately, Kay’s heartache turned out to be was short-lived, as the car was found later in Big­gin Hill, Kent. But it was the na­ture of this theft – and the win­dow it has opened on the gloomy world of clas­sic car theft – that will leave a bit­ter taste in the mouth for fel­low own­ers. Fig­ures from the Daily Tele­graph in Oc­to­ber re­vealed that more than 27 rare clas­sic cars have been re­ported stolen within the last month, and un­like in Kay’s case, none of them have been found.

In re­cent weeks we’ve also heard of an Opel Manta be­ing stolen in the Midlands and a Mini taken from Kent. Not a day seems to go by with­out an­other clas­sic go­ing miss­ing. Our ad­vice would be to in­vest in a good qual­ity tracker to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the chance of the ve­hi­cle be­ing re­cov­ered should the worst hap­pen. Thank­fully Kay could be re­united with her beloved MGB, but it’s a case that serves as a stark warn­ing to clas­sic car own­ers ev­ery­where.

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