St Austell's John Nettles' classic Triumph from Bergerac set to fetch £30,000 at auction
THE classic Triumph driven by St Austell-born actor John Nettles in TV detective drama Bergerac is expected to sell for £30,000 at auction.
Jersey crime fighter Bergerac was one of the most famous faces on TV during the 1980s.
As with all TV detectives, he had an unmistakable set of wheels - in this case a 1949 Triumph 2000 Convertible.
Bergerac, played by John Nettles, used the stylish motor in the BBC series from 1985 to 1991.
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Once the show ended, the BBC auctioned off the classic British sports car for Children in Need, with the winning bidder paying £37,000.
The car is now going under the hammer again with Bonhams selling its Harrogate sale on November 13.
Bonhams is expecting the car, which still has its ‘1610 J’ registration plate, to sell for between £25,000 and £30,000.
The Triumph 2000 Roadster is powered by a 2.1-litre engine which boasts a modest 68bhp. This gives the convertible a 0-60mph time of 27 seconds and a top speed of 77mph.
Records from the DVLA show the car has had just five owners in its 64-year history. It was originally owned by a Mr Brook Fowler who sold it to the BBC in 1985 for Bergerac.
The BBC then changed its registration from 'KLX 322' to the Jersey mark '1610 J'. It has remained in dry storage with its current owner for the past 16 years.
Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac served in a fictional department which dealt with non-Jersey residents.
He was known for his casual dress and classic Triumph with the series making a star of John Nettles in the eponymous role.
It was announced earlier this year the BBC was considering reviving Bergerac following ITV’s success with Endeavour, its Inspector Morse spin-off.
Bonhams also has Sophie Rhys-Jones’s old Morris Minor up for grabs, with the 1968 motor a gift for the future royal from a former boyfriend.
The maroon car, which the then future Countess of Wessex owned back in 1988, is expected to sell for around #5,000.
John Polson, of Bonhams Car Department comments: "We are delighted to be back at Harrogate once again for our annual sale, with a selection of cars to suit every taste and in the case of the Triumph and Morris Minor cars which reach beyond the normal motoring world to have connections with royalty and popular culture."