Attempts by the National Road Transport Hall of Fame at Alice Springs to acquire a rare vintage truck have failed.
The 1928 Daimler Benz was donated to the museum in April but disappeared from a garage in Brisbane before it could be picked up.
Hall of Fame spokesperson Liz Martin says the vehicle later turned up in a council shed in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
She says the man who donated it failed to tell her there was a $15,000 debt owed for work done on the truck.
"It was in Queensland.
We went to pick it up.
It wasn't there," she said.
"We all went looking for it but unbeknownst to us at that stage there was another person who had done a lot of work on it, a third party, who hadn't been paid for it.
"He put a claim on it through another avenue and somehow or other he must have organised the picking up of the truck.
"Once we found out there was another party involved, we pulled back."