Like many, I have a lot of love for the hit BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. In fact, it’s one of very few things that will make me laugh as hard as I did the first time I watched it. If like me, you’re a big fan, then you may be interested to hear that Delboy’s iconic three-wheeled van is to be sold at auction next month, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.
Pride of Peckham
aOffered with no reserve, this 1968 Reliant Regal, as used in the 2002 Christmas special ‘If Only They Could See Us Now’, comes with the iconic ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co’ decals on the side as well as typically Delboy-styled tiger print plush interior. The car comes as it was portrayed on screen, meaning it comes with a “Tax in Post” notice in the window, nodding tiger, roof rack with suitcase, set of furry dice, personalised rubber foot mats and even a set of blow-up plastic dolls. You may want to be careful with those blow-up dolls though…
This TV star also comes with reconditioned engine, a full synchromesh gearbox, a remote control key start, a DVD player and cassette radio, and even a smoke machine which emits smoke from the exhaust for that authentic Delboy experience. The car has been well used as it has clocked up a total of 71,778 miles, and comes with the original handbook as well as letters in the history file from the BBC which confirm its authenticity.
“Del Boy’s Reliant Regal is one of the most distinctive cars of BBC comedy history! Only Fools and Horses has a fan base spanning several generations and is something of a British treasure, so to have the van from the series for auction is a real treat which will no doubt draw the crowds,” explains Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions.
“Disregarding its TV provenance, it’s probably that most reliable example of this ‘marque’ that you will find and has even participated in the London to Brighton rally in 2001 and 2004,” concludes Nick.
If you fancy getting your Alice Bands – hands – on this motor, then be sure to check out the Silverstone Auctions that takes place over the 11th and the 12 of November at the Classic Motor Show, which is taking place at the Birmingham NEC.