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Not so lovely-jubbly for Del’s old Capri

The original Pratmobile

The original Pratmobile

Tasteful tiger fur interior

Tasteful tiger fur interior

Delboy's Capri 3 Delboy's Capri 4

The inevitable fluffy dice

The inevitable fluffy dice

Freddie Mercury's Roller

Freddie Mercury’s Roller

IF that scruffy yellow Reliant three-wheeler was the most iconic vehicle in the history of TV comedy, Delboy’s other motorised co-star in Only Fools and Horses ran it a close second.

It was an extraordinary garish lime-green Ford Capri, famously dubbed the Pratmobile by Del’s brother Rodney, that cruised the streets of Peckham for a couple of episodes.

Delboy (actor David Jason) called it a Ghia – in fact, it was a 1980 2-litre ‘S’ model – and the car, complete with tiger fur interior, fluffy dice, a bevy of spotlights and pink aerials, went under the hammer when Coys auctioneers staged their Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham.

Or rather it didn’t. Despite all the advance hullabaloo, the Capri echoed Delboy’s spectacular under-achievements and failed to reach its reserve, although the auctioneers have since said there were hopes that a post-sale deal could be agreed.

The car came with a letter of authenticity and paperwork confirming its colourful history. It was bought by its current owner in 1998 for a reported £400 from MGM Cars of Elstree Studios, regular suppliers of vehicles for TV and film use.

For the past 15 years the Capri has been kept in store and brought out only occasionally for private or fund-raising publicity events.

So well-known was the Delboy car that Corgi even made a model of it, showing the same CCR 412W registration.

The sale’s other top-of-the-bill lot with a glamorous pedigree was a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow that had belonged to rock superstar Freddie Mercury. It had been bought for his personal use by his management company in 1979.

Freddie used the Shadow until his death in November 1991 and it has remained with his family ever since. It was last used for the premiere of the Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’ in 2002, and has covered minimal mileage since.

The classic 62,000-mile limo has a 6.75-litre V8 engine and features include grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player.

The Roller did find a buyer in the shape of an anonymous Russian businessman, who shelled out £74,000, way above its guide price of £9,000-£11,000.



5 thoughts on “Not so lovely-jubbly for Del’s old Capri

  1. Hi MM,
    I like your website, I was wondering if you took the shot of the capri with the dice, I would potentially like to use it for a fictional piece written in an Angling magazine called http://www.fallonsangler.net. Could we get permission to use it?
    My name is Nick And I am the picture editor of the magazine
    You can get in touch via my blog the tuesday swim
    All yeh best

    Posted by The tuesday swim | March 8, 2016, 12:49 pm
    • Hi Nick. If I’d taken the picture, I’d have been only too pleased to give you permission to reproduce it. But I didn’t – I am a professional journalist so I was able to download it from a motoring site that publishes press releases. It was quite a long time ago and I really cannot imagine there would be any problem with you using it, unless it was in some sort of commercial manner, such as printing it on tee-shirts and flogging them for profit! It’s up to you, of course, but I am sure there would be no problem eight years on! Best wishes, Dave (Motor Mouth).

      Posted by Mister Motor Mouth | March 8, 2016, 4:32 pm
      • Thanks Dave, for getting back to me, its a tricky one, you would’t know the press agency who released the image? I could then contact them

        Posted by The tuesday swim | March 8, 2016, 9:37 pm
      • Hi Nick. It was a long time ago. I would have downloaded the press release on which the story was based from an agency called Newspress.co.uk, which is a site to which hundreds of companies post their press releases, which can then be accessed by accredited journalists. In this case, it would undoubtedly have been posted by the auctioneers Coys. If you’re keen to play by the book, then it is probably Coys that you should contact. Frankly, if it were me, I’d just go ahead and use it! Good luck! Dave

        Posted by Mister Motor Mouth | March 8, 2016, 10:02 pm
      • Thanks Dave I will do some research..just in case! Regards Nick

        Posted by The tuesday swim | March 11, 2016, 3:23 pm

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