Gallery: Car from 1983 classic film Sahara to go under the hammer in Colchester

Reeman Dansie collectors consultant Michael Bowles stands by a 1958 Jaguar XK150 in mint condition.

Reeman Dansie collectors consultant Michael Bowles stands by a 1958 Jaguar XK150 in mint condition. - Credit: Su Anderson

A car which featured in the 1983 film Sahara will go under the hammer in Colchester this week.

Reeman Dansie collectors consultant Michael Bowles stands by a 1958 Jaguar XK150 in mint condition.

Reeman Dansie collectors consultant Michael Bowles stands by a 1958 Jaguar XK150 in mint condition. - Credit: Su Anderson

The replica Hispano Suiza which appeared alongside stars Brooke Shields and Sir John Mills is part of a specialist collectors’ auction at the Reeman Dansie auction house in Wyncolls Road on Wednesday.

Built on a pre-Second World War Rolls Royce chassis with a Jaguar running guard and based on a famous French up-market racing car, the car has been described as “a real Mr Toad special” by auction house managing director James Grinter.

It is only estimated to fetch £2-3,000, though the auctioneers have already received a number of calls from Brooke Shields fans.

Also featuring at the auction is a red 1958 Jaguar XK150 restored to mint condition.


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The car has only had two owners, the last of which lived in Mersea Road, Colchester, and died last year aged 91.

It comes with a complete service history, including every single bill for work carried out to it, and includes the sale receipt from when it was bought in 1965 – for the princely sum of £495.

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However it is now expected to sell for £45-55,000 under the hammer.

Mr Grinter said: “A two-owner Jaguar is very unusual, they have usually changed hands 25-50 times by now.

“People usually chuck out the bills too, and some of these are amazing. You can see a service used to cost £6.”

The auction begins tomorrow, with the cars being sold on Wednesday.

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