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Rusty car that has’nt moved for a DECADE becomes local landmark

A rust-ridden Rover 90 that has become a local landmark in Cardiff for 10 years has much more of a story to tell than first meets the eye.

The Rover 90, that dates from 1956, has been parked in the same spot for a decade, but many who see it every day know little of its fascinating history.

The car once belonged to Dennis Desmond, a gold miner who lived in Wales but who would travel to South Africa regularly for work, leaving the prized possession behind for years at a time.

This Rover 90 has been parked in the same spot in Grangetown, Cardiff, for a decade

This Rover 90 has been parked in the same spot in Grangetown, Cardiff, for a decade

The car and its owner were once members of a guild, according to this leaflet inside the vehicle

It is now owned by Andrew Barnes, pictured in the car left, who said it has been in the same place for 10 years

Andrew Barnes, 51, who now owns the car, said it has been parked across the road from where he lives in Grangetown for at least a decade.

Mr Barnes said: ‘He’d come home for six weeks and build it back up and then unbuild it and put it on blocks and so on.

The Rover 90 has the registration plate LOU 390. It was originally owned by a gold miner called Dennis Desmond

The Rover 90 has the registration plate LOU 390. It was originally owned by a gold miner called Dennis Desmond

The car has been left for so long it is rust-ridden, as it sits in the same place day in, day out

The car has been left for so long it is rust-ridden, as it sits in the same place day in, day out

New owner Mr Barnes explained its previous owner would come back and work on the car for six weeks at a time when he was back from the mines

New owner Mr Barnes explained its previous owner would come back and work on the car for six weeks at a time when he was back from the mines

‘When he got fed up he left it to my mum who gave it to me. I’ve now owned the car for donkey’s years.’

The car, which is taxed and insured, has been gathering rust for a long time – but is still in working condition.

Mr Barnes, 51, said he would love to be able to work on it and restore it, but he has no where to keep it while he does the work

The car has been kept fully taxed and insured throughout the last decade as it sits on the road in Cardiff

The car has been kept fully taxed and insured throughout the last decade as it sits on the road in Cardiff

Because it has been in the same spot for so long, it has become a bit of a local icon in Cardiff, which doesn't bother its new owner

Because it has been in the same spot for so long, it has become a bit of a local icon in Cardiff, which doesn’t bother its new owner

Mr Barnes said he daughter regularly spots the car on Facebook, but he doesn't see it on social media himself

Mr Barnes said he daughter regularly spots the car on Facebook, but he doesn’t see it on social media himself

The car was originally registered in 1956, as the old documents above show

The car was originally registered in 1956, as the old documents above show

Mr Barnes says he wants to restore the car to its former glory, but hasn’t got anywhere to work on it.

He said: ‘For a long time I was going to get rid of it but it would be a shame.

‘I want to do a complete restoration job. I’m still thinking about it. If I can find a place to do it, I will.’

The car has become a local icon for the area because of the length of time it’s been there. That doesn’t faze Mr Barnes.

He said: ‘I think everyone in Cardiff knows about it.

‘My daughter says she sees it on Facebook a lot, but I don’t use Facebook.’

And Mr Desmond, the car’s original owner, doesn’t show signs of slowing down either.

Now in his 70s, Mr Desmond has been ordering cement for building work on his bungalow in Rhiwbina.

Mr Barnes said: ‘He doesn’t stop.’


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