Classic car mystery: Morris Minor abandoned in Hull car park with few clues about its past

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Almost 850,000 Morris Minor 1000’s were manufactured between 1956 and 1971, with one in particular proving to be a mystery. Mildred, the vintage maroon vehicle sits alone in the King William House multi-storey car park in Market Place, Hull.

The vehicle is surrounded by cars on a daily basis, but while the others leave, Mildred does not.

It seems the wait for its owner has lasted several years.

For the only signs of recent activity appear to have been occasional passing fingers creating letters and patterns in the dust.

A quick check of publicly available data on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website provides some limited clues about the classic car’s history, but not its mysterious ownership.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, the vehicle hasn’t been taxed since June 2019 but, as it’s currently off the road and three-storeys up in the air, it doesn’t need to be taxed until being driven somewhere else.

The car’s MOT expired in July 2017 and without a current one in place, there is a risk that someone could be hit with a £1,000 fine if they were to get it on the road.

It isn’t exactly clear how long the car has been in the car park, although if the MOT status is anything to go by it could be just over four years.

The DVLA site does at least confirm the colour of the car under all that dirt is indeed maroon.


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But beyond that, the identity of the owner remains – for now at least – unknown.

Through the dust-covered windows, a long, thin object wrapped in brown plastic and bound in black tape can be seen lying on the back seat.

Other clues as to its origin include a small sticker of the Leeds Grand de Parp in the corner of one rear window. 

This is an annualevent started in 2013 by the Leeds branch of the Morris Minors Owners Club.

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