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Mini marvel as man is reunited with late gran’s car after 25 years

Keeping it in the family: Daniel Fox with his mum, sister and late grandmother's Mini

MOTOR-MAD Daniel Fox was looking to buy a classic Mini — and ended up bagging one driven by his grandmother 35 years ago.

Daniel, 36, was looking online for an original Mini when he came across one that caught his eye.

He noticed the last two letters of the number plate, and recognised they were the same ones as the car his nan Joan drove back in the 1980s.

After checking with his sister who had inherited the car in 1990, he realised that it was the same his nan had bought in 1983 for around £400 and nicknamed ‘Bessie’.

‘Whirlwind’: Daniel, pictured as a baby with his nan Joan, couldn’t believe he’d seen her old car up for sale online

Daniel, from Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire, bought the car which was being sold from a Norfolk garage.

He said: ‘It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been amazing. You couldn’t put odds on this.

Daniel said his sister, Andrea, who inherited the car after their nan died in 1990, could not stop crying after hearing the news.

Daniel’s sister owned the car for four years before part-exchanging it and losing contact with the Mini for 25 years.

Bessie’s return: The red Mini had been missing from Daniel’s life for a quarter of a century

The red Mini also boasts a ‘dog-tooth interior’, which makes this particular car very distinctive.

He added: ‘It’s very rare to see a Mini in this condition. It’s exactly how it was when my sister had it — almost in its factory specification.

‘My sister put seat covers over the seats because she didn’t like the interior and that has actually saved them.’

He said it took three men to push the car onto a recovery truck to drive it home as the Mini had not seen daylight in years.

Distinctive: The car has kept its original interior designs, including ‘dog-tooth’ seat material PICTURES: SWNS

The relieved owner, whose drive is littered with old cars, is aiming to get it running and pass its MoT before sorting out the cosmetics.

He hopes it will be ready to take part in a classic car rally in May that goes from Ipswich to Felixstowe.