Silverstone Auctions owner Nick Whale tracked the car to Belgium in September 2014, finding it in what was described as a 'sad-looking' state years after it was released from Mr Morecambe's estate following his death in 1984. It is believed to be one of less than 30 of the 923 Series I Interceptors in existence today.
Nick said: “It's a great car to drive. We went to enormous trouble to preserve as much of the original car as possible. This specifically includes the dashboard and steering wheel as I wanted to enjoy the same special view and experience the same atmosphere in the driving seat as my all-time comedy hero. To meet the family and restore part of their history, which actually is also part of our National heritage, has been a real pleasure.”
The yellow Reliant Regal appeared in 2001 Only Fools and Horses episode 'If They Could See Us Now', the first of three Christmas specials to air that was viewed by 21.35 million on December 25 2001.
The 1968 car, acquired from a Bonhams auction in 2008, has been reconditioned to celebrate its famed appearance but also has a few nods to its TV career including a tiger skin print interior, rubber mats with 'Del Boy' on the driver's side and 'Rodney' on the passenger side and inflatable dolls that pop up up in the back window harking back to the 1989 episode 'Danger UXD'.
It is to be sold without reserve making it a ‘cushtie deal’ for any enthusiast.
Finally, Jimmy Tarbuck’s 1973 Volvo P1800 has an estimate of £15,000 to £18,000. ‘Tarby’ is believed to have owned the car during his time as host of the ITV game show Winner Takes All.