Dick Van Dyke emerges unscathed from exploding car

Van Dyke posted a photo of his wrecked Jaguar on Twitter. Credit: Twitter / Dick

Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke escaped unharmed after his car burst into flames while he was driving in Los Angeles.

The 87-year-old posted a photo of the burned out wreckage of the vehicle on Twitter, quipping: "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!"

Van Dyke appeared unruffled in a video of the incident posted online by his wife Arlene. Credit: Arlene Van Dyke

A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol confirmed that the affable octogenarian was found slumped over the steering wheel of the smouldering car, before being pulled out by a passer-by.

"They thought I had passed out so they yanked me out of the car," Van Dyke told celebrity news website "I thought I had a flat at first, then it started to smoke, then it burned to a crisp."