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Bodie's Ford Capri from The Professionals sells for £55,000

The Ford Capri 3.0S, originally used in several episodes of the cult TV show The Professionals has sold for £55,000 at H&H auction

A Ford Capri 3.0S, used during filming of the second series of the hit TV show The Professionals, has sold at auction for £55,000. Taking place at H&H’s Imperial War Museum on 20 April, this was a new record for the model.

This car was offered alongside Terry McCann's white Capri from the opening titles of Minder, which was bid up to £52,500, not quite living up to the iconic car’s estimate of £65,000 to £85,000.

Bodie and Doyle, the crime-fighting duo starring in hit TV show The Professionals, were watched by millions during the program's run from 1977-1983, but for many the cars were actually the star of the show. This 3.0S Capri was one of the few cars loaned to the production company by Ford for use on the show, and was estimated to sell for £35,000-£45,000 before the auction.

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Featuring in seven episodes of Series 2, the car actually carried the fake registration ‘UOO 303T’ during filming. With Strato Silver livery and a tartan plaid Fishnet Recaro interior, it's certainly eye-catching. This example is well known within Capri circles, and it was fully restored to a high standard two years ago.

Damian Jones, Sales Manager at H&H Classic commented: 'This classic car is also a wonderful piece of entertainment memorabilia. Classic cars and film props are two of the fastest growing areas in collecting where we have seen values soar. You only have to think of Julie Garland’s little gingham dress from the Wizard of Oz which sold recently for $1.5m to have some idea where this film memorabilia market is going.'

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