Chance reunion with rare Saab sold in Westbury in 1972

Car Image copyright Richard Edmonds Auctioneers
Image caption James Edwards senior and Doris Williams reunited with the rare Saab

A garage owner who bought a rare car at auction said he was "amazed" to find his father had sold it 43 years ago.

James Edwards took a shine to the red 1972 Saab 96 with Shropshire registered plates at an auction in Wiltshire.

When his father saw the car, he recognised it as the same one he had fallen in love with and hung a picture of in their Shrewsbury dealership.

Mr Edwards junior said: "I knew there was a local connection, but had no idea it was such a strong one!"

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He said he would display the car at Westbury Garage and is appealing for any previous owners to get in touch to help him research its history.

Also reunited with the car was 86-year-old Doris Williams who had worked in the garage and washed the vehicle in 1972 while it waited to be sold.

'Played matchmaker'

James tracked down the original paperwork for the sale in the garage's archives, which bore his late grandmother's handwriting.

Mr Edwards senior, 81, who retired from Westbury Garage in 1996, was amazed to see the car which he had sold for £1,023 return to the forecourt.

Auctioneer Richard Edmonds, who sold the car in Chippenham, Wiltshire in October, said: "When James told us the story about the car and his father, we were blown away.

"I feel like we've played matchmaker in this story, which is wonderful for us and our team.

"Saab 96s were once very common in the UK but now you rarely see them up for sale. This one was in fabulous condition."

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