Mystery of vintage car named Mildred ‘abandoned’ for years in city centre car park

A city-centre car park in Hull contains a mysterious secret – a vintage car that has stood, apparently forgotten, for several years.

Beneath a blanket of dust, the vintage 1965 Morris Minor 1000 patiently waits for its next journey.

It seems that the wait has lasted several years.

The only signs of recent activity appear to have been occasional passing fingers creating letters and patterns in the dust.

Every day, it’s joined by hundreds of other vehicles in the King William House multi-storey car park in Hull’s Market Place only for them all to leave again as night falls.

Commuters, shoppers, and tourists alike come and go, but the Morris Minor remains a silently static feature under the dim lights of the concrete tower block which is now its home.

A thick layer of dust reveals that the car hasn’t been moved in a long time

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A quick check of publicly available data on the DVLA website provides some limited clues about the classic car’s history, but not its mysterious ownership.

The vehicle hasn’t been taxed since June 2019 but, as it’s currently off the road and three storeys up in the air, it doesn’t need be taxed until being driven somewhere else.

Car park operators APCOA have confirmed the car is not parked illegally
Car park operators APCOA have confirmed the car is not parked illegally

However, the car’s MOT expired in July 2017. Without a current one in place, there’s a risk of someone being clobbered with a fine of up to £1,000 should it get back out on the road.

How long has it been in the car park? It’s not exactly clear, although if the MOT status is anything to go by, reports Hull Live, it could be just over four years.

The DVLA site does at least confirm the colour of the car under all that dirt is indeed maroon.

But beyond that, the identity of the owner remains – for now at least – unknown.

The vintage Morris Minor 1000 hasn't been taxed since June 2019
The vintage Morris Minor 1000 hasn’t been taxed since June 2019

Still visible through the dusty windows is another mystery – a thin long object wrapped in brown plastic and bound with black tape lying on the back seat.

In the corner of one rear window, there’s a small sticker of the Leeds Grand de Parp, an annual event started in 2013 by the Leeds branch of the Morris Minors Owners Club – a reminder of more active days for someone’s pride and joy.

The only other clue is a more modern addition to the car’s classic retro curves – a sticker on the boot bearing the name ‘Mildred’ in prominent red lettering.

Is the car's name Mildred? Or is that the name of its owner?
Is the car’s name Mildred? Or is that the name of its owner?

In a city known for its quirky cultural installations, the idea of using a vintage ’60s Morris Minor strangely loitering in an architecturally-grim late ’70’s multi-storey car park to create a modern-day work of art might be one plausible explanation for this slightly spooky sight.

But in another twist to a curious tale, car park operators APCOA have confirmed the car is not parked illegally.

In a statement, the company said: “The parking charges are paid and up to date so this is not an abandoned vehicle.”

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