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Iconic Ford Capri used in The Professionals sells for £48,000 at auction

Strato Silver Ford Capri Image copyright H & H Classics
Image caption The Ford Capri was first released in 1969

A car used in several episodes of the cult 1970s TV series The Professionals has sold for £48,000 at auction.

The restored 1978 Strato Silver Mk3 Ford Capri, driven by Lewis Collins's character Bodie, had been expected to fetch at least £35,000.

It was one of three pre-production Capri S cars from Ford's 1978 press fleet of about 150 cars.

Collins died at his Los Angeles home in November 2013, aged 67, after a five-year battle with cancer.

The identity of the buyer has not yet been revealed by Warrington-based H&H Auctioneers.

The Professionals, which starred Gordon Jackson, Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw, ran for six years between 1977 and 1983.

A movie was planned in 2011 by creator Brian Clemens, with James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Dr Who's David Tennant said to be linked.

Image copyright Rex Features
Image caption Collins (right) also played the lead in the British thriller Who Dares Wins

The Professionals

  • Based on the fictional crime fighting unit CI5
  • Fifty-seven episodes were produced between 1977-83
  • The Ford Capri was used in seven episodes of series two
  • Birkenhead-born Lewis Collins was a hairdresser before turning to acting

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