- Bocycie’s Jaguar E-Type which starred in the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses is to be offered at auction by Silverstone Auctions at Salon Privé.
- The one owner car has been lovingly looked after and is in largely original condition.
- It will be offered with a sale estimate of between £75,000 and £85,000.
A very special Jaguar E-Type which starred in the BBC’s famous comedy series, Only Fools and Horses, will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale on 3rd September at Blenheim Palace.
The 1973 Series III Roadster was delivered new to Henlys of London on 11th October 1973 and purchased by its first and only owner, a successful Swansea businessman, who has cruised his E-Type along the Welsh Riviera with the top down for the last four decades.
In 1981, UYP 695M was invited to star in the second ever episode of Only Fools and Horses, titled Go West Young Man, in which Boycie, the local second hand car dealer played by John Challis, purchases the car as a birthday gift for his ‘bit on the side’. Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) then decide to borrow the car for a night out on the tiles, which naturally does not go quite as planned. On their way home, Rodney accidentally throws a cigar pack out of the window on which are written the phone numbers of some girls, causing Del Boy to hit the brakes and another car to crash into them.
This was of course a staged accident with no damage caused to the car itself, which has been lovingly looked after by its owner for its whole life. This exemplary E-Type earned its place in British television history, known ever since as “Boycie’s E-Type”.
This impressive car is immediately recognisable from its television appearance, finished in Old English White with a blue leather interior. Included with the car is a die-cast model of the E-Type signed by both David Jason and John Challis and presented in a frame with mounted stills of the car’s appearance in the episode.
When asked about his time filming with the car, John Challis remarked, “It’s only E-Type Jaguars and Adam Peaty that makes me proud to be British these days,” paraphrasing his original line from the episode, and alluding to the recent British success at the Rio Olympics.
After ten years in storage in a heated garage, this year the car was treated to a light recommissioning including new shock absorbers and battery, as well as a full service. Reading 79,000 miles, and coming with a comprehensive history file including 16 previous MOTs, two sets of original keys, tool roll, jack and a current MoT until May 2017, it heads to auction with a sale estimate of between £75,000 and £85,000.
“It’s one of the joys of the auction world to be able to offer a car that is rather special in every way,” explains Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “Not only does it have the distinction of having been featured in one of the best loved television comedies of all time, it’s also a beautiful and extremely well looked after example in largely original condition.”