SHere's a top tip: If a popular tv or movie franchise comes to an end, buy the starring car and keep it in safe storage. Otherwise, it could end up like Roger Moore's 1962 Volvo P1800 from The Saint.
While most Volvo P1800s are well kept by their proud owners nowadays, the early Jensen-built white Volvo P1800 that carried the registration 71 DXC had a very hard life up until recently.
After it's disposal by Pinewood studios, Roger Moore's sexy Swedish ride ended up in a field. Kevin Price found it on a farm in North Wales in 1991 covered in brambles and nettles with the engine on the back seat. But it was worth saving because although the show got four more P1800s — one of which was used by Sir Roger personally — from Volvo, this Jensen built car was the original.
It took its owner six years of persuasion to sell it to Mr. Price in 1997, who spent another decade looking for all the parts and six years restoring the barely salvageable basket case with his team.
The resulting car presented at the Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show could have fooled The Saint himself...