A Hampshire pensioner’s beloved classic car has been stolen after he was targeted by a thief.

The 1967 Wolseley was taken from outside the 71-year-old’s home by a distraction burglar.

He had gained access to the OAPs home in Shirley, Southampton, after visiting to say he was interested in buying the car. The burglar then took the keys to the £5,000 car before driving off.

Last night the owner of the vehicle, who has not been named, was said to be distraught.

He has now issued an appeal in the hope of getting his pride and joy back.

The model of the car is a 16/60 and has the registration of PPD 665E.

Chairman of the Wolseley Owners Club, Phillip Ladanowski, said: “It is very unfortunate to hear someone’s pride and joy has been stolen and we hope it is recovered soon.”

PC Paul Martin from Redbridge Hill Police Station, said: "This car is distinctive and unusual and I'll appeal to anyone who has seen it to get in contact with us.

“The victim was clearly targeted by this man. Thankfully he has good neighbours around him who have helped him since this happened.

“If you recognise the description of the man, do call police, we’d welcome any information.”

Police are searching for a man who is believed to be white, in his 40s and is 5ft 10in.

They say he has a tattoo on his ear and on the side of his face, has a stocky build and has very short greying hair.

Anyone with information on the theft, which took place between 9.30am and 10am on June 17, is asked to contact PC Paul Martin from Redbridge Hill Police Station on 101.