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Minder Cars Sold At Auction


Arthur Daley’s Daimler Sovereign and sidekick Terry McCann’s Ford Capri have being sold together at auction – the Capri for a world record price.

Cars driven by TV’s most famous second-hand car dealer, Arthur Daley, and his sidekick Terry McCann in the TV series Minder fetched £32,000 and £52,000 respectively at auction on April 20.
Daley’s 1981 Daimler Sovereign and McCann’s Ford Capri Mk2 were sold by H&H Classics at its sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

The Daimler has recently been refinished in its original livery as part of a recent bodywork restoration and also received £5,000 worth of mechanical fettling by a marque specialist. Its odometer displays just 43,990 miles.

According to H&H Classics, actor George Cole who portrayed the loveable rogue Arthur Daley in the series, wanted to buy the car himself, and came close to doing so before it was given away in a TV Times competition.

It was estimated to sell for £35,000 to £45,000 so just scraped towards the lower end of its perceived value.
Alongside the Daimler was its automotive partner, a 2.0-litre Ford Capri Mk2 driven by the ‘minder’ of the show’s title, Terry McCann, played by Dennis Waterman.

The Ford was not only driven by Terry in the opening sequence but also at various times during the series. The Capri is believed to have come close to being crushed but escaped and, now rejuvenated, shows 88,700 miles on the clock

It was estimated at £65,000 to £85,000 and was potentially a new world record for a 2.0-litre Capri, a clear indication of the power of celebrity and provenance as well as solid values for Ford Capris in general.

A Mk3 3.0-litre Capri driven by Lewis Collins as Bodie in The Professionals fetched £55,000 at the same auction – a world record for the model – against an estimate of £35,000 to £45,000.

The original Minder show ran for 10 series between October 29, 1979 and March 10, 1994, and starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likable bodyguard (or minder) and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a roguish used-car salesman and purveyor of anything on which a pound was to be made, whether inside the law or not.

James McWilliam, H&H Motorcar Specialist, who consigned the pair, says: “Both cars have been sympathetically restored and estimated to make allowance for their small screen history. We know from past experience that playing a major role in a TV series can have a big impact on value, as witnessed by the 1976 Jaguar XJ12C that we sold last October which made a record-breaking £69,440 despite needing total restoration, due to its New Avengers TV provenance.

“These cars are celebrities in their own right.” TV’s most famous London car dealer and all-round spiv, “Arfur” Daley became a national institution and many of his catchphrases, such as “‘er indoors”, “nice little earner” and “nice little runner”, entered general usage. As a result of his link with the Daimler George Cole became a fan of the marque and went on to own at least eight Jaguars.

This buff yellow saloon (the colour is officially Portland Beige) was one of a string of Jaguar-originated cars driven by Arthur Daley, played by George Cole, but this Series III-based luxury model was one viewers will most associate with Daley in long-running series that ran from the late-Seventies to the mid-Nineties.

Daley’s wish to maintain a classy image was at odds with his mildly criminal activities and did the image of Jaguar no great favours, one suspects.

Hit And Run Incidents On The Increase


The number of hit and run cases has reached a three-year high – but many drivers claim ignorance as a defence.
Almost half of all hit and run drivers claim that they weren’t aware that they were breaking the law by failing to stop, according to a new study. The findings will alarm police at a time when the number of hit and run accidents is at a three-year high.

The startling level of driver ignorance has been revealed by the Motor Insurer’s Bureau, a not-for-profit organisation that offers compensation for people who have been involved in accidents involving uninsured and untraced drivers.
It surveyed 695 drivers who had been convicted of hit and run offences. Of those questioned, 45 per cent said that they didn’t think they had to report the accident.

The report also found stark differences between the age groups about why they failed to stop: younger drivers aged 16 to 34 were more likely to leave the scene of an accident because they were not insured, had been drinking or they “panicked”, while older drivers (over 34) were more likely to leave the scene if they did not think the accident was serious enough to report.

Dr Matt Hopkins of the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, which carried out the survey on behalf of the MIB, said: “The lack of awareness is quite astonishing.

“What we found was that once people get inside a car they have a tendency to neutralise what they do. They think ‘Oh I just caught him, it wasn’t too serious, there is no need to report it’.”

The law says that if a driver is involved in an accident and damage is caused to another person’s property, they have to stop and provide full details to the owner of the damaged property. That means they must supply their name and address. In the case of a person suffering injury they also have an obligation to report the matter to the Police “as soon as reasonably practicable” but, in any event, within 24 hours.

The penalty for failing to do this is between five 5 and 10 points on your licence.

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Even a relatively minor scrape counts as an accident: for example, scratching a bumper of another car in a supermarket car park requires the driver to stop and report it (usually by placing a note with contact details under a windscreen wiper).

The research comes as instances of drivers failing to stop appear to be on the rise. According to the MIB, hit and run drivers have become a more serious problem on Britain’s roads than those driving without insurance.
It claims that such incidents have overtaken uninsured drivers and now account for two thirds of all claims that it handles. Because the MIB is funded by individual insurance companies which in turn pass the costs on to policyholders, that means hit and run drivers are now responsible for the majority of an estimated £30 in ordinary motorists’ annual premiums that goes to the MIB.

The MIBs figures are backed up by official data. According to the Department for Transport, the number of accidents involving a vehicle that fled the scene have soared to a three-year high of 16,667 in 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, compared with 15,390 in 2013 and 15,662 in 2012.

One of the problems for police in prosecuting cases is tracing the drivers who – by definition – have fled the scene.
A National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) spokesman said: “Members of the public often hold vital information in hit and run cases.

“Sometimes, drivers panic and leave the scene before later handing themselves in. When they don’t, witnesses can be a key resource.

“We would encourage anyone who witnesses a crash, especially a ‘fail to stop’ accident, to take a note of the registration plate and driver if possible.

“It’s important to remember that the police need to prove who was driving the car and not just what vehicle was involved.”

Some forces have taken to social media to try and catch extreme cases. Earlier this year Sussex police released footage of a Fiat 500 ploughing into a pedestrian in Brighton. The victim was thrown into the air and his possessions sent flying, but the driver did not stop at the scene and can be seen turning off right further down the road. The video was shared millions times and led to the arrest of two people who are currently on bail.

The MIB says it is preparing to lobby the government to take the problem more seriously – potentially recommending stiffer penalties for those that don’t stop.

Ashton West, chief executive of the MIB, said: “Failing to report an accident is a major problem and we are not doing enough to combat it.

“We have managed to reduce uninsured driving by around half over the past decade but hit and run isn’t being tackled. We are dealing with 16,000 hit and run claims per year. It is a problem that hits every driver in their pocket and it’s time we stopped it.”

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