A retro Dundee panda car has come home after being sold in an online auction.
Bosses at Dundee Museum of Transport told the Tele how they couldn’t resist bidding for the 1970 Morris Minor after it appeared on auction website eBay.
Having secured the rusty car and picked it up on a 19-hour round trip to Rugby, they now intend to finish what sellers Tom and Wendy Barnard started and put the restored vehicle on display.
Museum chairman Jim McDonnell said: “We met Tom and Wendy and they’re a really nice couple. I’ve got to compliment Tom on the work he has done on the car in its present state.
“He’s done a lot of work on the chassis — the saving grace of a vehicle of that age.
“It’s got all the original interior and we’ve got all the parts. It’s in very, very good condition.
“We never knew of the car before now and we’re very happy that we have secured it. We will probably start work on it this week.”
Morris Minor enthusiasts Tom and Wendy bought the car eight years ago from a seller in Elgin and intended to restore it to its former glory.
Through their own research, they discovered the car was a relic of Dundee Police — and possibly the last of its kind.
However, with a move to a smaller home on the cards, the couple decided to sell the car so someone else could see the project through to completion.
They have also donated all of the memorabilia they collected — including roof lights, a police radio and original badges and buttons from a uniform — so the museum can put a complete exhibit together.
Tom said he and Wendy were “very pleased” to see the car go to a good home.
“We’re just happy that it’s going into the museum,” he said.
“When we put it up on eBay for £500, we thought someone might just strip the parts and the car would vanish.”
Tom said the couple plan to come and see the car once it’s ready.
He said: “We’ve got a camper van we run around the country in and it would be great to see the car and see what the city has to offer.”
Dundee Police merged with other forces in Perthshire and Angus to become Tayside Police in 1975.
Jim and his team are now working with the Tayside Police Museum in Kirriemuir to source more photographs of the car in its heyday.
He said: “I’d be very surprised if there are any other Dundee police cars still around. I’ve been looking for one of these for five or six years — they’re not easy to come by.
“This is the start of a new lease of life for the car and we’re all very excited.”