• Apr 12, 2007
When you live in a city as densely populated as Lambeth, South London, you have to follow parking laws very closely, or your vehicle will be towed. Mendoza Stewart abided by the law, and it didn't matter anyway. Stewart's ultra-rare 1972 Bristol 411 was towed away by the Lambeth Council, even though the car was legally parked. When Stewart returned to the scene of his last parking job, he was "horrified" to see that his vehicle had vanished. Stewart naturally called the police, only to find that the vehicle had been impounded.

What happened next is just sad. Instead of carefully removing the aluminum-bodied 411, the car was moved by its roof with the use of a mechanical grab. Suffice to say the fragile aluminum didn't hold up very well to the power of the device, and the vehicle was crushed. The incident occurred in 2004 and Lambeth has has admitted to wrong-doing, but Stewart still hasn't received payment his treasure, which is now worth £30,000.

There were only 287 Bristol 411's made between 1968 and 1976, and the combination of light weight aluminum and a Chrysler V8 engine combined to give the Bristol a 0-60 time of about seven seconds. We would be pretty upset if we lost a treasured classic like the Bristol 411 for no good reason, but we would eventually feel at least a little better when we got our check for $59,000 USD (hello Porsche Boxter!). For Stewart, though, he can't even get that satisfaction.

[Source: thisislondon.co.uk via Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Time for an english revolution.
      • 7 Years Ago
      5> and a camera recording it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing worse than selling an automobile and later realizing you loved it and would not have sold if you had to do it again—but this takes the cake. There are enough lawyers in England so finding one who can him should not be an issue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it incredibly hard to believe there is no recourse....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow.... that's ridiculous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Stewart is upset now, I can't wait to see how upset he'll be next week when he finds out he's been "Overhaulled". Just joking.

      It's a shame either way. It was a nice car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1
      Not 'most', 'all'. These things are used to move wrecks with minimal effort and put them into the crusher.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not surprising. The UK is becoming a fascist state. You can barely take a dump without Government approval.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's such a shame...

      Grabbing the car by the roof, this should be considered illegal since most of cars would suffer some kind of damage when lifted that way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      5> and a camera recording it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Flatly disgusting.

      I hate frivolous law suits and the atmosphere they create between people who try to cover their liability.

      But this is begging for a law suit against the government entity that did this.

      Destruction of personal property by the government should not be legal in a civilized country. This doesn't sound like a salvage yard operation by a private company that owns the scrap they crush.