Classic Rolls Royce used by David Jason on ‘Darling Buds of May’ sold for over £60,000

Rolls-Royce: A look at 1926 20hp Landaulette by Park Ward

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The historic Rolls-Royce 20hp Laundaulette hit the hammer for £63,000 at a Duxford auction where over £2.7million worth of classic car sales were made. H&H Classic said the model was “one of the most beloved UK film car characters ever”.

They said the car become an “icon” of the show, with die-cast models sold after the show was initially aired.

H & H Classic said: “Pop Larkin’s (David Jason) beloved Rolls-Royce 20hp Park Ward Laundalette that starred in ITV’s ‘The Darling Buds of May’ made £63,000 at the H&H sale in Duxford.

“Arguably one of the most beloved UK film car characters ever, this 1926 vehicle of dreams for Mom and Pop Larkin was purchased by its current keeper in 2019 for £100,000, and its previous keeper beforehand for the same sum.

“It was offered for sale with an MOT certificate valid until 5th May 2022.

“The Darling Buds of May was a television series produced for the ITV network by Yorkshire TV and first broadcast between 1991 and 1993.

“The first six episodes of Series 1 and the first two of Series 2 are adaptations of the 1958 novel of the same name by renowned author H.E. Bates.

“The remaining episodes are original storylines based on the same format.”

Extensive research by H&H shows the car was supplied new on 20th August 1926 to an F.R Claye Esq.

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The model remained in its ownership for 10 years before it was passed onto Mrs Hannah Claye for 19 years.

In 1955, the model was sold to Richard Edward Derington-Fenning who owned the car for almost 40 years.

It was during this tenure where the car gained its famous appearance on the hit TV show.

H&H Classics confirmed the car retains it’s original ‘RA 333’ registration, making it one of the most famous 20hp models on the market.

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