A CLASSIC car owner has spoken of his sadness after his £10,000 vehicle was stolen from outside his home.

Steve Davies, of Marine Parade, called it "absolutely soul destroying" to discover the car was gone on Thursday morning last week.

The Morris Minor Traveller - known to the family as Moggy - was parked on the road outside his house, rather than in the drive because of scaffolding that is up for building work.

Mr Davies thinks the car, which has featured in three summer festival classic car parades, was taken at some time around 11pm on the evening of Wednesday July 27.

He had given the car to his daughter, Alice, who "absolutely loved" driving it. 

Mr Davies is now appealing to find the car and is offering a £1000 reward to anyone who provides information to the police which leads to a conviction and recovers the car.

"It is very distressing," he said."To know that someone came and took it is very sad news. 

"We have parked the car out on the road before."

The car had a full body restoration about two years ago and Mr Davies said he had put a lot of time and effort into the interior.

"It has been well looked after and it has only had one previous owner," he added.

"The car is well known in Penarth and we want to make people aware that it has gone.

"We use it every day, it is not locked away."

Police have confirmed they are looking into the incident which was reported to them on Thursday morning. 

"This is a distinctive car," said a spokesman.

"If anyone, particularly collectors or enthusiasts, has seen it we encourage them to contact 101 quoting reference 284432.

"They can also call Crimestoppers on 0800555111."