Ultra-rare classic car could fetch thousands for Sheffield owner

Andy Maskill in the Steyr Puch 500.
Andy Maskill in the Steyr Puch 500.
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A rare classic car in Sheffield believed to be the only one on the road in the world is due to go under the hammer tomorrow.

The dinky little right-hand drive Steyr Puch 500 – a relative of the classic Italian Fiat 500 – was discovered in a garage in Ireland and could fetch up to £60,000 at auction.

Not many cars fit into the garage sideways, Andy Maskill

Not many cars fit into the garage sideways, Andy Maskill

It is thought to be the only one on the road – the other is in the Steyr Puch museum in Austria.

Owner Nigel Elliott, aged 61, brought the car over to Sheffield where classic motor specialists Petrol Sanctuary, based on Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield, are preparing to sell the little vehicle for big money.

The Puch 500 was born when car manufacturer Steyr-Daimler-Puch wanted to go back into production after the Second World War but agreed to re-panel Fiat 500s to save costs.

The car was discovered when Mr Elliot, who owns a business specialising in classic military motors, visited its owner to ask about an old military vehicle and found the rare car tucked away inside a garage.

He struck a deal, bought it and brought it back to sell through Petrol Sanctuary, which brokers sales of classic cars.

Andy Maskill, owner of Petrol Sanctuary, said: “It’s possibly the rarest motor vehicle in the world at the moment.

“It has been in storage for 28 years in Ireland – it’s a barn find – and it still has the original keys, with a keyring of the first owner in 1960 wearing a miniskirt.

“The car has attracted a lot of attention and been featured in the motoring press and on Top Gear online.

“It is being auctioned in Silverstone and could, due to its rarity, make anything up to £50,000 or £60,000.

“We believe there isn’t a single Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche out there as rare as this car.

“It’s such a cute car – everybody, male or female, immediately falls in love with it.”