Car search appeal goes club class

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Leeds clubbers are being asked to help solve the mystery of a replica classic car which may have stood in one of the city’s nightspots.

The full-size wooden reproduction of a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing has recently been restored, and its new owner, private vehicle hire firm boss Jeremy Harvey is hoping to find out more about its history.

He believes it was once a prop in a Leeds nightclub, but is keen to hear from anyone who remembers it. The two-tonne car, which has front wheels with steering, is believed to be one of only two of its kind in the world.

Mr Harvey, from the Isle of Skye, said: “I spotted the car in a friend’s warehouse and just had to have it as it’s a thing of beauty, but it was drab and dull. It looks amazing now that it’s been restored.

“I found the restoration company Furniture Clinic online when I was looking to have some furniture restored, and found they’d also be able to help with restoration of the Gullwing.

“The car looks wonderful now.

“I’ve tried to find out more about the car online but there’s nothing on there about its provenance including why, when and where it was made, although we think it was made in Germany or Eastern Europe.

“One of the drivers we use for my business told us it had once been in a Leeds nightclub. It’s a beautiful thing and I’ve been told that the cost of the wood alone runs into the tens of thousands and have had an estimate for the car of around £30,000.”

Ben Staerck, Furniture Clinic managing director, said: “If the car really did spend part of its life in a nightclub in Leeds, there are sure to be lots of partygoers who recognise it immediately.

“We’d love them to get in touch if they remember it.”

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