Boycie’s Jaguar E-type from Only Fools and Horses sold at auction
Over 40 years ago on 11th October 1973, an Old English White Jaguar E-type with blue leather interior was delivered to Henlys of London. It was bought by a successful Swansea businessman, who has enjoyed cruising along the Welsh Riviera in ensuing decades.
In 1981, ‘UYP 695M’ was invited to star in the second ever episode of Only Fools and Horses, titled ‘Go West Young Man’. And that’s how it became known as ‘Boycie’s E-type’. This very car has just been sold at the Silverstone Auctions Salon Privé sale on Saturday 3rd September. The auction took place at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, and the impeccable E-type Series III Roadster was expected to fetch from £75,000 - £85,000 – but it sold for a staggering £115,800.
Before the auction, Nick Whale, Managing Director of the auction house, said: ‘It’s one of the joys of the auction world to be able to offer a car that is rather special in every way. 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.’
The E-type has spent the last decade stored in a heated garage, and has covered 79,000 miles in total. This year, the iconic Jaguar has been fitted with new shock absorbers, a new battery and a full service. It has been well looked after, being sold with a comprehensive history file, two sets of original keys, tool roll, jack and a current MOT certificate.
As the icing on the cake, the car was also recently sold with a framed die-cast model of the E-type that’s signed by both David Jason and John Challis, surrounded by images of the car in the famed comedy.
In the episode, Boycie (played by John Challis) buys the E-type as a birthday gift for his ‘bit on the side’ and entrusts Del Boy (David Jason) with the Roadster for a week to keep it away from his wife. Boycie says, ‘You know what, it’s only E-type Jaguars and Sebastian Coe that make me feel proud to be British today’.
Del Boy and younger brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) drive into the capital to explore London’s West End, attracting women with the white convertible. When Rodney realises he’s discarded the cigar packet from the car, on which they’d written two girls’ phone numbers, Del Boy slams on the brakes of the E-type, which is then hit from behind by a faulty car sold by the pair earlier that day.
Don’t worry, the crash was staged – and the Series III E-type is in near-pristine condition today, ready for auction. It’s a beautiful example, top down or top up, and when John Challis was contacted by Silverstone Auctions, the actor referred to his original comment in the 1981 episode: ‘It’s only E-type Jaguars and Adam Peaty that makes me proud to be British these days.’
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