Stolen cars be­ing torched

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

Fol­low­ing a spate of crim­i­nal in­ci­dents, the po­lice have re­newed warn­ings about the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of clas­sic cars.

In one of the most high-pro­file cases, a Tri­umph GT6 was stolen by joyrid­ers in Essex. Af­ter a search, it was found burntout in a field, with owner Gary Ald­ham left dev­as­tated.

Weeks later, a Fiat Panda 4x4 MKI was stolen near Hal­i­fax. Two men on a moped had been seen act­ing sus­pi­ciously the night be­fore the Panda and a nearby van were stolen. The Fiat was later found burnt-out.

Mys­tery still sur­rounds the theft of a 1952 split-screen Mi­nor convertible, stolen in south Lon­don, al­though there was a happy end­ing for Citroën en­thu­si­ast Ed­mund Hill, whose rare 1968

Ami 6 was pinched from a street in Swan­ley. The car was bro­ken into and driven across town, where it was left, for­tu­nately un­harmed. Ed­mund was able to hand over footage taken on the ac­tive dash­cam – some­thing the thief failed to spot.

Gary Ald­ham’s GT6 in hap­pier days…

Livixxxdream! … be­fore joyrid­ers torched and aban­doned it.

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