This classic motorcycle is revving up police after it was found hidden in a disused garden shed.
Detectives are having trouble tracing the owner of the rare 1940s model which is believed to have been stolen and stashed at the bottom of a garden in Penwortham, Preston.
The bike has been identified as a Francis-Barnett Autocycle worth more than £1,000. But it has not been reported stolen and efforts to solve the mystery have so far stalled.
An appeal has now gone out in an attempt to reunite the 70-year-old two-wheeler with its rightful owner.
Det Insp John Entwisle said: “It is in excellent condition, but was found in an unused shed with the owner having no idea how it got there or how long it has been there.
“Given the age of the bike it is likely to hold sentimental value to somebody so I would ask anybody with any knowledge of this item to contact me at Lancashire Police on 101.”
The find was made when a householder in Moreside Drive, Penwortham opened his disused garden shed on July 26.
Francis-Barnett motorcycles are valued by collectors. The British bike-makers were founded in 1919 in Coventry by two former Army officers - Gordon Inglesby Francis and his father-in-law Arthur Barnett - and specialised in manufacturing economical roadsters.The company was taken over by Associated Motorcyles in 1947 and later combined with James Motorcyles in 1957. But the Francis-Barnett name remained until the company eventually went out of business in 1966.
The 1940’s Autocycle has a 98cc engine and can reach a top speed of 30 mph.
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.