'Tarzan's jolopy': the MG classic car that returned from the jungle


2015-06-26 12:16:33


'Tarzan's jolopy': the MG classic car that returned from the jungle

Discovered in Borneo over four decades ago, this restored car has sold for an impressive $32,000

It's amazing where people leave their cars and bikes.

Earlier this year we reported on a classic Harley-Davidson Peashooter motorcycle which someone had left in the toilet area of an Australian mine - useful for a pit stop.

A year earlier, the story came out about a classic Bugatti which had gone a stage damper, being dredged up from a French lake and eventually sold by Bonhams for 260,000. The reason for its disrespectful treatment is thought to have been avoidance of import duties which would have outstripped the then worth of the much-used car.

Now there's the story of the 'Jungle MG' - a car which eventually found a careful owner. Michael Standen discovered the rusting 1954 MG TF1500 while working in Borneo, north of Australia four decades ago.

The MG was completely wrecked - trees had grown through the chassis and snakes had made their home in it. But in a labour of love Mr Standen had it shipped back to Britain and restored to beautiful condition.

The MG was bought at auction for 20,000 ($32,000) by beef farmer Jodie Green, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, who was impressed by its history.

How the car ended up in the jungle remains a mystery, but from now on it should be free from snakes, and as it's unlikely that any of Ms Green's cows will make a home inside it should enjoy a comfortable retirement following its jungle adventures.

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