NEXT month sees TV´s Minder fans being given a chance to own a piece of motoring history with Arthur Daley’s Daimler Sovereign and Terry McCann’s Ford Capri to go under the hammer, it is believed, for record prices.
H&H Motorcars are to sell the two cars and know only too well the show´s connection with the vehicles should see prices go up to £45,000 for Daley´s luxurious Daimler while Terry McCann’s Ford Capri could fetch up to £85,000 on auction day.
The 1981 Daimler Sovereign, has only recently been fully restored to its TV glory after being used from series 4 to series 7 of the show. It is said that George Cole, the actor who played the inimitable Arthur Daley so loved this car that in the mid-1980’s, he nearly bought it for himself before it was eventually given away in a competition.
The restoration cost around £5,000 and has seen the car re-finished in its original TV colours, along with significant mechanical improvements. With just 43,990 miles on the clock, auctioneers´ estimates put the price at between £35,000 and £45,000.
Meanwhile, along with the luxurious Daimler will be a two-litre Ford Capri driven by Daley´s Minder of the show´s title, Terry McCann, played by Dennis Waterman.
Famously appearing throughout the show´s opening sequence as well as during the show, the also recently restored Capri has clocked 88,700 miles and is estimated to sell for between £65,000 to £85,000.
It is said that the Capri is set to break the world record for the most expensive two-litre Capri ever sold.
H&H are no stranger to selling off mechanised TV ´stars´, last year, it sold a 1976 Jaguar XJ12C with connections to the ‘New Avengers’ for nearly £70,000, despite the vehicle being in dire need of a full restoration.
The two cars, with their ‘one careful owner’ history as much a part of them as their bodywork and mechanics, are to be sold on April 20.