When TV’s most famous second hand car dealer, Arthur Daley’s famous 1981 Daimler Sovereign goes under the hammer at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford it will be a case of life imitating art.
The car has recently been re-finished in its original livery as part of a recent bodywork restoration and benefited from £5,000 worth of mechanical fettling at the hands of a marque specialist. Its odometer displays just 43,990 miles. In the mid-1980s actor George Cole, who played Daley, wanted to buy the car himself, and came close to doing so before it was given away in a TV Times competition. It is estimated its will sell for £35,000 to £45,000.
Alongside the Daimler will be its automotive partner, a two-litre white Ford Capri driven by the ‘Minder’ himself, Terry McCann, played in the series by Dennis Waterman. The famous Ford was not only driven by Terry in the opening sequence but also at various times during the series. The Capri is believed to have come close to being crushed, but escaped and now rejuvenated shows 88,700 miles on the clock. Its estimate is £65,000 to £85,000
James McWilliam, H&H Motorcar Specialist, who consigned the pair says: “Both cars have been sympathetically restored and estimated to make allowance for their small screen history. We know from past experience that playing a major role in a TV series can have a big impact on value as witnessed by the 1976 Jaguar XJ12C that we sold last October which made a record breaking £69,440 despite needing total restoration due to its ‘New Avengers’ TV provenance.”
The auction is on April 20.