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93-year-old Disappears with 1959 Peugeot 203, Found a Year Later

Surely you remember the tale of the sunken Subaru? That was a story of fearless wrenching and happy accidents, as the Legacy was able to start after spending months in the bottom of the lake.

Well, today’s submerged story has a sadder turn. Aarne Anttila, a 93-year-old gentleman driver from Northern Finland, disappeared off the face of the Earth about a year ago, in early December. Some accounted his disappearance to the proximity of the Swedish border, that he’d driven to Sweden and vanished there in the Scandinavian woods. Some thought it would be most likely he’d be found from the bottom of the Bothnian Bay. The latter just happened today, due to a coincidence.

Earlier today, an unlucky driver plunged through the ice and into the freezing water in his Toyota Corolla, off a pier in Kemi. As he was fished out of the sea and taken into intensive care, the divers also found the ill-fated black 1959 Peugeot from the bottom mud where it had been buried. Aarne was still behind the wheel of the 203.

According to a newspaper article published not long before he disappeared, Aarne had bought the Peugeot used in 1962. He had only gotten his driving licence at the age of 50, and at first his son had driven the car for him. In 1967, his son had traded the Peugeot for a Ford Anglia, but Aarne ended up buying it back as his wife had liked the car so. Aarne had been tremendously happy with the 203, repairing it himself and having almost no trouble at all during his near-50-year ownership of the car; apparently the biggest issue ever was a punctured tire. Aarne said he’d never trade the car for a newer, flimsier car, so in a way it is fitting he found the end of his earthly journey in his beloved black Peugeot.

  • $kaycog

    What a touching story. I have goosebumps and tears.

    • Same here.

      (Tips hat, raises glass for Aarne and his beloved Peugeot)

      • $kaycog

        I'll see your raised glass and raise you another. For Aarne, of course.

  • *Takes sip, pours the rest of the scotch on the floor."

    To Aarne. You died behind your beloved automobile. You had the soul of a hoon.

  • Vavon

    How sad.

  • Van_Sarockin

    That pier sounds like a place nice cars should avoid.

  • Modeleccentric

    ..To Aarne!

  • It's never too late to install a guard rail.

  • Uncle Charlie

    Kippis, Aarne.

  • jeepjunkie

    "May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows your are dead."
    I think Aarne won.
    And a tip of the glass to a true hoon.