The famous ‘reasonably priced car’ from the BBC TV series, Top Gear, has sold for £17,800 on eBay.
Sold through the online auction site to raise funds for the automotive industry charity, BEN – the red Vauxhall Astra was bought for more than double its market value.
The programme’s iconic family hatchback was driven by celebrities such as movie stars Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Hugh Jackman and raced against the clock for Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment. Filming took place at the show’s test track in Dunsfold, Surrey.
Vauxhall had the Astra returned to them after Top Gear came to a premature end following an incident between presenter Jeremy Clarkson and a TV producer. Clarkson, and his fellow hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, have left the BBC show and are set to launch a new motoring show on a still untitled programme on Amazon Prime.
The fastest of all was X-Factor presenter and singer Olly Murs in a time of 1.44.6. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Astra attracted 67 bids thanks to its connection with Top Gear.
Typically, the car would be worth between £7,775 and £8,325, while even a brand new one would be less at £17,485. The buyer of the £17,800 Top Gear souvenir car has not been named.
Amusingly, the Astra was described on eBay as being in ‘good condition but with some minor marks from use’.
The car was a 2013 model Vauxhall Astra with a standard 1.6-litre 113bhp petrol engine and is in the Tech Line specification. This includes alloy wheels, radio and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and satellite navigation.
Many extras were added for its role in Top Gear such as a full roll cage – the inner door panels had to be altered to accommodate this - and racing seats with five-point safety belt harnesses.
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