Pensioner Bert Davidson has been reunited with the 1929 Humber he drove 60 years ago
Bert Davidson, 83, from Hopeman, near Elgin, last saw his beloved 1929 Humber when he sold it in the late 1950s.
But a few years ago he was contacted by Robin Wills who had found the vintage vehicle in the United States and set out to refurbish the car which was also once owned by his father.
Mr Wills, from Brancepath, County Durham, remembers the Humber being sold in 1974 and last saw it in the opening credits of The Likely Lads film two years later.
He eventually found it in America and discovered it had not been used since its engine blew in 1979.
The 47-year-old said: “I used to talk to my dad about the car in my teenage years as I had fond memories of it.
"I was delighted and astounded to find it. When I got it back the first thing I did was to open the door, shut my eyes and took a whiff.
"It has the original interior. It hasn't been touched in 98 years. The smell was astounding. It was as if I had been transported back to 1974.”
I used to talk to my dad about the car in my teenage years as I had fond memories of it
After spending £10,000 on the car and a further £6,000 to restore it, Mr Wills discovered an enamel badge on the dashboard showing it had competed in the 1959 Kildrummy Rally.
He then stumbled across video footage of Mr Davidson actually winning the race and finally traced the Scot to his home in Morayshire.
Mr Wills sent the original numberplate to the former owner for his 80th birthday three years ago and yesterday he drove the Humber up the road to allow Mr Davidson to rekindle his memories of the car.
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Although he decided against driving the classic vehicle, the OAP said: “I had a run around the block in it. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
“It was a grand motor car and he’s done a magnificent job restoring it. The paintwork is in its original colours. The interior is original.
“He tried to get me to drive it but I said I’d better not.”
Mr Davidson first came across the car at an old coachbuilders in Elgin following his National Service in 1954.
Working at his father’s garage in the town, he offered to buy the vehicle which was kept under a dustsheet but the then owner refused the deal.
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Mr Willis spent £10,000 on the car and a further £6,000 to restore it
However, after two years of bartering he finally bought it for £15 – all he had on him at the time.
He restored the car in 1959 before entering the rally at Kildrummy Castle winning the vintage class.
But after his father sold the business he had nowhere to keep the car and said: “I sold the car to a man from RAF Kinloss or Lossiemouth for about £185.
“I watched him drive away and put it completely out of my mind. That was the last I saw of it until Robin got in touch 55 to 60 years later.
“I was very surprised.”