‘Top Gear’ Vauxhall Astra Auctioned Off for Reasonable Price of £6,000
A Vauxhall Astra that was driven by several big-name celebrities on Top Gear’s “Reasonably Priced Car” segment has at long last been sold at auction for a bid of £6,000. Given that this particular Astra was the last vehicle to be used for the popular segment during Jeremy Clarkson’s run on the show, and given that it has been driven by memorable superheroes like Wolverine, Loki, Harley Quinn, and Hancock, you might say that £6,000 is a…reasonable price.
The Vauxhall Astra used on BBC’s popular show had previously been put up on the auction block no fewer than two times, each time failing to secure a bid. The biggest selling point for the five-door Power Red 1.6-liter Astra Tech Line was arguably the list of names that had been behind the wheel: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Hugh Jackman all tooled around the Dunsfold Park test track in the Astra.
As of the last unsuccessful auction, the Astra had 2,908 miles on the odometer, making it useful for someone looking for a daily driver. Less useful was the addition of a roll cage that saw the disabling of the airbag system, making the purchaser liable for “significant cost” necessary to make the Astra street legal again.
This time out, however, someone bit, and all proceeds raised by the COYS auction will be given to BEN, a charity with the aim of improving the lives of individuals working within the automotive industry.
“We are extremely grateful to Vauxhall Motors for their continued support and generous donation to BEN,” said Business Development Director Jools Tait. “Every pound donated ensures we can continue to provide our support services for people working in the automotive industry and their families. These services focus on the four main pillars of peoples’ health and wellbeing: financial, physical, mental, and social, helping people to navigate life’s toughest challenges, supporting and empowering them to make lasting, positive change. BEN’s free, confidential advice and support is available to every individual who works or has previously worked in the automotive industry.”