LIFE on Mars star Philip Glenister wanted to take it home to speed up the weekly shop.
John Simm was frustrated he never got to play with it.
A bottle of Old Spice in the glove box, David Bowie playing on the radio and a screeching sound coming from the tyres?
Yes, we’re talking about the real star of the award-winning Manchester drama, which is to be auctioned for charity.
Det Chief Insp Gene Hunt’s Ford Cortina 2000E will be sold this spring, with all the cash going to Comic Relief.
“I love that car and had hoped that I might be able to keep it myself,” Phil said last night.
“But it’s being auctioned for a good cause, so whoever ends up winning it better look after it or I’ll go round their house and tread on all their Dinky toys!”
Coveted by cast and crew and adored by millions of fans, the iconic seventies car returns next month in the final series of the BBC1 show.
As well as revealing how Sam Tyler ended up in 1973, it also marks the retirement from A-Division of the burnished copper Mk III Cortina.
Bought by the production team for around £2,000, it is set to raise far more in the auction.
Plans are still being finalised and I’m told several options are being investigated, including selling it to the highest bidder via eBay or some form of competition involving cash pledges.
Originally Gene was supposed to drive a Ford Capri, but the TV team struggled to find a suitable model.
So the Cortina – KJM 212K – was the best vehicle they could find from that era. And what a star the car has been.
Sadly, with filming now over, the veteran motor is no longer required on official CID business.
But as a piece of TV history, hopefully it will raise a huge amount of money for Comic Relief – with Red Nose Day on March 16.
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