Today, my friend, your diary entry will read: Went on British eBay and then dropped a bunch of money on an Audi Quattro owned by an armed bastard.
I'm not sure how many of you Jalops have seen the BBC's fantastic time travel detective mystery Ashes to Ashes, but if you have, prepare to freak out. An actual Audi Quattro used in the filming of the show is now for sale on eBay. Not a replica, an actual car used in the production, which is why it has fake bullet holes.
If you aren't familiar with Ashes to Ashes, it's about a detective in modern Britain who gets shot in the head and wakes up inexplicably in 1981. She's then forced to partner with Gene Hunt, the hardassed old-school Detective Chief Inspector who's known for kicking teeth in and driving his Quattro like a psychopath. (It was a sequel to the earlier show Life on Mars, which got a crappy American remake.)
Anyway, the Quattro was Hunt's ride of choice for all three seasons, and it became an icon of the show itself. The one for sale on eBay is a 1983 right-hand drive model with has 106,000 miles on the clock. It has had a bit of a hard life doing the stunts on the show, but that — and those bullet holes — are what make it special.
Please don't think this is a concourse car, its not! It's an ex film car that has been driven hard, jumped, crashed through stuff and shot up by special effects men so after all that it needs more than a little TLC. With this in mind and in the interests of honesty I have taken a lot of photos trying to show the whole car, please study them carefully along with the following which is my attempt at trying to list its flaws.
There's only 2 of these genuine Ashes to Ashes Quattro's in the world, one was last seen rotting away outside BBC TV centre and this is the other. Don't miss your chance to own this truly iconic car, vehicles this significant rarely come up on the open market so this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I've got lots of photos of the cars preparation and some of it "off set" and behind the cameras which I will pass on, along with a letter guaranteeing that this is Gene Hunts Ashes to Ashes Quattro. I'm also including a few press cuttings, the prop radio mike on the dash, Genes 1982 road atlas, and a spare ECU in case of emergencies.
Whatever, I'd fire up this Quattro any day of the week. As of this writing it's going for £15,000 and the auction ends tomorrow. Any takers?
Hat tip to Carscoops!