1972 Reliant Regal from Only Fools and HorsesSOLD

'Only Fools and Horses' Reliant Regal van - Ex David Jason / Nicholas Lyndhust / BBC Television

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'Only fools and Horses' is without doubt one of the most successful productions in the BBC's history. John Sullivan's tales of London market traders 'Del Boy' and Rodney Trotter have touched the hearts of TV fans across the world since 1981, and the Christmas specials regularly recorded record viewing figures.

As well as David Jason's 'Del Boy' and Nicholas Lyndhurst's Rodney, the show introduced us all to their myriad friends, relatives and acquaintances. It also made a star of a humble three wheeler, which ever since the show began has understandably come to be known not by its given name of 'Regal', but as a Trotter van.

Perhaps the very first sign viewers had of the character of Del Boys 'empire' came during the opening credits of the first show, when the scruffy little yellow three wheeled van is seen outside Nelson Mandela Court, bearing the sign written legend – Trotters Independent Trading Co. - New York, Paris, Peckham.

Without doubt a similarly disheveled Transit would in fact have been a more likely vehicle of choice for the intrepid market traders, but the casting of the Reliant Regal van is perfect for wide boy Del and his Plonker younger Brother. It is not hard to imagine Rodney's exclamation of 'But Del, it's only got three wheels!', only to have Delboy declare in response 'Exactly Rodders! Think of the money we'll save on tyres' in the same way as he extols the questionable virtues of his stock, which includes video recorders which don't record and 'Peckham Spring Water' from the tap in their kitchen!

Throughout the early series the BBC made do with only one vehicle, and at one point it looked that as though no more episodes would be commissioned, preferring rather to 'quit while they were ahead'. A decision was then made that the van could be sold, and it was purchased by the vendor. It became a star exhibit in his World famous collection, drawing in many thousands of fans from around the World.

However, more episodes were commissioned, and the BBC duly approached the museum to hire the Regal back for filming. One of the new plot lines required the van to be blown up – something the vendor was none to keen on, so another Regal was sourced and prepared for filming by Action Vehicles. In the end it was decided that this was actually a valuable resource, and should not be blown up, but rather kept to share the load of filming commitments with the initial van. As such, this second van went on to star in a number of the later episodes of the show from series 6 onwards, including the famous episode 'Danger – UXD' the UXD being 'unexploded dolls' – namely 'Vinyl Vera' and 'Polythene Pam', inflatable dolls with the aforementioned defective and explosive inflation devices! The van went on to feature in the record breaking run of Christmas specials, even appearing 'gift wrapped' in the festive season trailers!

In due course the Vendor was offered the opportunity to purchase this second van from Action Vehicles, and he of course snapped it up – to own perhaps the most famous car in TV comedy history is quite an achievement, but to own two of them is incredible.

In recent years the cars have been displayed both at home in the Cars of the Stars museum in Cumbria and around the World, such is the fame of this disheveled and modest little car.

The vehicle on offer today is the second of the cars built and is without doubt one of the most recognizable and universally loved vehicles ever to grace the small screen. It has no doubt been witness to many of 'Del Boy' and 'Rodders' most memorable scrapes – after all, the vans witnessed everything from their 'traumatic' drive to a fancy dress party as Batman and Robin , to being the place where they celebrated their incredible fortune when they finally (to the viewers no doubt unanimous joy) became millionaires. And what better place to celebrate?

As can be imagined for such an important vehicle so it's unlikely to have a MOT though 'Boycie' might be able to help you out on that score………..

Oh, and the Tax is in the post.

Lovely Jubbly!

Reference Number 7182

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1972 Reliant Regal from Only Fools and Horses