22 Jan 2008
THE star car from hit BBC drama series Life on Mars is now a regular feature driving around the Mablethorpe area after being bought by a local man.
Nick Day, 32, from Sutton on Sea paid £10,000 for the 1975 Ford Cortina – made famous through the television show.
He said: “I liked Life on Mars but I was more a fan of the car as it was definitely the main star of the show and a lot of people recognise it.”
The car was initially put on eBay for auction but Nick contacted the seller and arranged a deal over the phone. He picked it up from Birmingham on Friday and has been driving it around the town since.
He said: “It’s actually nice to drive and I have noticed a lot of people doing funny double takes when I drive by.”
The award-winning drama series, first shown on BBC1 in January 2006, is a hybrid of time-travelling science fiction and a seventies-style police drama set in Manchester.
When asked about the future for the old car, Nick said: “I was thinking I might hire it out for weddings.”
He added: “It has also been used in the filming of one of the new Daz commercials so hopefully we will see it on television again soon.”
(Thanks to sweeneyfan at The Railway Arms for the link)