This Time Next Year, We’ll Be Millionaires

By Rob Harvey
By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

A British icon is going to auction in June!

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III is believed to be one of the original ‘Trotters Independent Trading’ vans. Several of these were used during the filming of “Only Fools and Horses” and this is thought to be one of the vehicles that Del Boy and Rodney used in their many schemes of becoming millionaires.

The Vehicle

This very special Reliant Regal Supervan comes from a private collector, who has owned it since 2021. Prior to their ownership, John Mansfield of the BBC had the vehicle (along with another identical example that he sold in 2017 for just over £41,000).

With 97,000 miles on the clock and a top speed of 55mph, the yellow van was a prominent feature of the TV show and is easily recognised by its millions of fans.

Along with its storied history, the van has been subject to recent recommissioning works including having new tyres fitted, its brakes overhauled and the fuel system checked through. Also with the vehicle comes a roof rack, market suitcase, fluffy dice, and an inflatable doll that helped create one of the most iconic and memorable scenes in Episode 2 of Series 6 – “Danger UXD”.

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III will be auctioned on Saturday 17th June by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Event Centre in The Summer Sale 2023.

Only Fools And Horses

Only Fools and Horses was created and written by John Sullivan and has become a beloved British sitcom. First airing in 1981, it ran for over two decades until 2003. The show follows the lives of Derek “Del Boy” and Rodney Trotter, as they navigate the ups and downs of life in Peckham, South London.

Del Boy, played by David Jason, is a lovable rogue and ambitious market trader with dreams of becoming a millionaire. His younger brother Rodney, portrayed by Nicholas Lyndhurst, is more naive and often finds himself caught up in Del Boy’s get-rich-quick schemes. The show’s humour stems from Del Boy’s outrageous and often ill-fated attempts at making money, which often involve the sale of dodgy goods or elaborate cons.

The show won numerous awards including several BAFTAs and has left a permanent mark in British television history.

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