A beautiful piece of motoring history went up in flames in the underground carpark of a Canberra hotel and apartment complex. An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman said the fire began in the car's engine shortly after 7pm and quickly enveloped the vintage vehicle. The car's owner had been driving out of the basement carpark at the time but leapt out of the vehicle when he saw the smoke and flames, the spokesman said. The driver called triple-0 and shortly afterwards the carpark's sprinkler system activated. Firefighters arrived shortly afterwards and a small number of people were evacuated while they extinguished the flames and ventilated the building.