David Jason might forever be associated with the Del Boy’s famous Reliant Regal but in real life the actor has been more interested in cars at the more desirable end of the market.
And now classic car buyers are being given the chance to snap up a Jaguar XJS once owned by the star of TV’s Only Fools and Horses.
The 1991 Coventry-built XJS may be a world away from the Tamworth-made three-wheeler with its trademark ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co’ livery but potential buyers could pick it up for as little as £5,500 when it goes under the auctioneer’s hammer in January.
The car is included in the next Anglia Car Auctions Classic Sale, being held at the King’s Lynn auction house, on January 25 2014.
The 1991 4.0 XJS, finished in burgundy, with cream leather interior, has covered just 61,600 miles and was bought brand new by David Jason Entertainment, before being registered in the star’s real name of David White.
It has had one further keeper since then and comes complete with MoT through until December 1 2014.
The Jaguar carries an estimate of £5,500 to £6,500 and like many cars with famous connections is expected to attract keen interest.
Jaguar’s XJS had a surprisingly long lifespan, being built for 21 years from 1975 onwards.
Originally badged the XJ-S, it was launched as a replacement for the E-Type, though it failed to attract the adulation the iconic sports car did.
Its more sedate and modern styling was not to all tastes, though it did enjoy its own flirtation with fame when it appeared in two hit television shows of the seventies - The New Avengers and Return of the Saint.
The famous Only Fools and Horses’ three-wheeler is often referred to as a Reliant Robin, though it was actually a Reliant Regal Supervan III, produced by Tamworth-based Reliant cars.
Reliant Cars was established in 1935 and its Regal, launched in the 1950s, went on to become one of the best-selling three-wheelers in the world. It was replaced by the Reliant Robin in 1973.
Reliant production ended in Tamworth in 1998 and early in 1999 the company moved to a new factory in Burntwood.
Reliant stopped making three-wheelers in February 2001 and moved to Cannock. In the same month Suffolk company B&N Plastics announced it would continue to make the Robin under licence and production started that April but was put on hold towards the end of 2002.