Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Gear's Reasonably Priced Car sold for over P1.2 million!

Top Gear has auctioned off its most recent Reasonably Priced Car, a five-door Vauxhall Astra hatchback for £17,800.00 (P1.239 million), just over a £1,000 difference from its current selling price which starts at £16,770 (P1.167 million).

The Vauxhall Astra served as the Reasonably Priced Car for the show's last three seasons. In its role in the show, the car is driven by the show's celebrity guests in its "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment to set his or her fastest lap around the Top Gear Test Track. During its time at the show, the Astra was driven by 24 celebrities with singer Olly Murs setting the quickest time at one minute, 44.6 seconds followed by actors Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Paul who both have a time of one minute, 44.7 seconds.

Auctioned off for Top Gear by BEN Motorsport Auction, the car was advertised as having the following:

"Front Corbeau Sprint Racing seats with 5 point safety belt harness and full roll-cage - as such inner door panels have been altered to accommodate, plus other modifications to fit the cage and seats. Air bags have been disabled again to allow for roll cage. This vehicle has been used on a track for the 2,908 miles it has covered. Bodywork in good condition however some minor marks from use."

The seller cautioned prospective buyers though that, in its current state, the vehicle is not road legal and that reconfiguring it back as one "would incur significant cost."

Do you think that's a fair price to pay considering the car's "pedigree"? We think especially when you consider that celebrities like Wolverine, Willow, Harley Quinn, Agent J, Sherlock Holmes, Agent Dana Scully, Tywin Lannister, Jack Bauer, and Loki have sat on the driver's seat.

On another note, Top Gear's disposing of the Vauxhall Astra means its totally revamping the TV show following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson followed by Richard Hammond, and James May earlier this year. Recently announced as the trios' replacement for the revitalized show, which is planned to air sometime in 2016, are Chris Evans (a British TV host, not Captain America), motoring scribe Chris Harris, former Nurburgring taxi driver Sabine Schmitz, and ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.

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