Classic car hidden in wall
Image: Brian Snelson, 2008
A lot of classic car enthusiasts will go to great lengths to protect their precious vehicles, but last month it was reported that a convicted criminal over in the UK had gone further than most.
The Daily Mail reports that Alan Dykes, who is currently serving a prison sentence, had hidden a Jaguar XK120 behind a false wall, in the hope that it would be out of the reach of authorities who were confiscating all of his possessions.
The Jaguar XK120 is a true classic of the British racing scene, originally being launched back in 1948 and remaining in production until 1954.
A little over 12,000 units were produced during this period, although today there are far fewer in circulation, which makes it rare and valuable. Its design and heritage would go on to inspire subsequent XK generations and, arguably, models like the Jaguar XK6.
Experts believe that the hidden car is worth upwards of $134,000, which is slightly more than the authorities hoped to recover from Dykes, who initially claimed that he had no saleable assets.
Classic cars can pop up almost anywhere, but finding one hidden behind a false wall is definitely uncommon.