Boy racers are believed to be speeding around the streets of South Yorkshire in a rare classic car stolen from Sheffield.
The red Ford Escort RS 2,000 was stolen from a lock-up on Effingham Road, Attercliffe, on Friday night, with the owner initially suspecting that it had been stolen to order.
But since he posted details of the theft on Facebook he has been contacted by members of the public reporting it being driven dangerously around the city.
There have been sighting of the vehicle in Tinsley, Ecclesfield, Hillsborough and Bradfield.
South Yorkshire Police has launched an investigation into the theft.
Mike Haywood, who only bought the car last month, said 15,000 Facebook users had shared his status about the theft.
He said he is desperate to be reunited with the vehicle before it ends up damaged in a crash.
The car, with the registration plate XEM 636W, is worth around £20,000.
Mr Haywood, aged 21, from Nether Green, Sheffield, was keeping the car as a collectors’ item.
It has just 40,000 miles on the clock despite its age.
“When I first bought the car from a dealer I intended to use it as my car but it is too good to be driven every day, so I decided to keep it in storage as a collectors’ item,” he said.
“It only has 40,000 miles on the clock and is in incredible condition.
“At first I was thinking it had been stolen to order and stripped down for its parts, but now because of the sightings there have been I am sure it’s boy racers driving around in it.
“It is such a distinctive car that people do remember seeing it.
“I have been told that it is being driven dangerously , with it nearly crashing in Bradfield. A lady in Bradfield said that they nearly crashed into her as they went through a give way road marking at high speed.
“Unless it’s found soon the likelihood is that it will end up badly damaged and people could end up hurt.”
He thanked the classic car community for helping him publicise the theft.
“On Facebook, there have been more than 15,000 shares. The classic car community as well as that of Sheffield have both helped tremendously and I’ve had dozens of people volunteer to help search for it,” he added.
Anyone with information on the theft or whereabouts of the car should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.