Well, we couldn't find the car's owner to tell him...
It will not go down in the hall of fame as one of the best examples of road resurfacing at its finest.
But this photograph reveals a temporary tarmac blunder in one Westcountry town that had council officials quickly reassuring that the best – or rest – is yet to come.
Torquay resident John Nicholas couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted, and photographed, this nifty piece of highways work in the Watcombe area of the seaside town.
Because Starpitten Lane West had been given a brand new road surface – minus the space taken up by this parked car.
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Mr Nicholas, who lives in Barton, Torquay, said: "I was popping in to see my father-in-law who lives in Coleridge Court in Watcombe the other evening, and drove through the newly re-surfaced Starpitten Lane West. I couldn't resist stopping to take the picture."
A Torbay Council spokesman yesterday said: "Signs were placed out on site two weeks in advance of the surfacing works, and a letter drop was made to all residents.
"Unfortunately the contractor was unable to identify the owner of the car and get it removed on the day of the works.
"Improvements of this type require significant plant and materials which are ordered in advance, so the decision was made to continue with the surfacing.
"The contractor will return to complete the works when the car is moved, at no extra cost to the council."