The 18-year-old Afghan, who has not been named, thought he had managed to slip into the country after a 20 hour ferry crossing but his luck ran out when immigration chiefs pulled over the Nissan he was hiding in for a spot check.
A search quickly revealed the teenager hidden by the engine with a bottle of water and a blanket to ease his discomfort of being squashed into such a cramped position.
Immigration officers in Bari had pulled the car over after their suspicions were aroused by the nervousness of driver Kaloyanov Ivaylo, 24, and his passenger Georgieva Stanislava, 39, both Bulgarian, who had just arrived from Greece.
Both were immediately arrested while the illegal immigrant was helped out from under the bonnet with officers saying he was in a ”semi conscious” state and he was taken to hospital for a check up.
The ferry had left Patras on Sunday morning before stopping in Igoumenitsa and then heading onto Bari and the route is popular with people smugglers who charge a minimum of 5000 Euro to get people into the country.