‘Nice little runners’: Minder cars to go under the hammer in Duxford
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The world is your lobster! Vehicles for one of British television’s most revered duos will go under the hammer at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford after Easter.
Arthur Daley’s famous 1981 Daimler Sovereign and Terry McCann’s Ford Capri from ITV’s Minder series will go on sale with H&H Classics on Wednesday, April 20.
The Daimler has recently been re-finished and it is believed that actor George Cole, who played Daley in the hit programme, wanted to buy the car himself before it was given away in a TV Times competition.
The car, which has nearly 44,000 miles on the clock, is expected to sell for £35,000 to £45,000.
McCann’s white two-litre Ford Capri, which was driven by actor Dennis Waterman in the opening sequence and during the series, is estimated at between £65,000 to £85,000.
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The 1977 Capri, which has done 88,700 miles, is believed to come close to being crushed before restoration, and if it reaches its estimate, it would potentially be a new world record for a two-litre model.
The original Minder ran for 10 series’ between October 29, 1979 and March 10, 1994.
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James McWilliam, from H&H Classics, said: “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.
“These cars are celebrities in their own right.”