One of the most famous vehicles in television history has proved a ‘nice little earner’ for its owner after being snapped up for a handsome figure at auction.

The yellow Reliant Regal van – one of six originals used in the classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses – was sold at auction in Warwickshire.

The iconic yellow Reliant Regal was used by Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter, played by David Jason, and his younger brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) to store Trotters Independent Traders’ stock.

The three-wheeler was certainly no sports car, managing a top speed of just 55mph.

But that didn’t stop it fetching a handsome figure when it was sold recently by Warwickshire-based Silverstone Auctions.

The vehicle was bought for £36,000 when it was sold as a lot in Silverstone Auctions’ latest sale on March 27.

Prior to the sale a spokesman for Silverstone Auctions said: “JPL 725K has been with its present keeper for six years, been enjoyed by six previous keepers and during that time has, inevitably, been lightly used.

“In preparation for the sale, the van has been gone through in terms of recommissioning, including new tyres, the brakes overhauled and the fuel system checked through and is said to drive well (for a three wheeler!)

“The package includes the roof rack complete with the market suitcase, fluffy dice, ‘Tax in the Post’ sign in the screen and dare we mention it, an inflatable doll in the rear paying homage to one of the most popular episodes ‘Danger UXD’.

“The van is accompanied by some BBC headed paper along with a BBC key tag suggesting that this one of the original vehicles built for the show (there were a number used over the 22-year lifespan of the production), and on offer from the private collection of John Mansfield (BBC), we have no reason to disbelieve this.

“‘Only Fools’ memorabilia is certainly good news and this van is no exception and is surely a great opportunity to own a slice of British Comedy History.”

Although it was often described as a ‘crappy old three-wheeled van’ by the cast of the show, the sturdy Reliant Regal always stood up to the rigours of a long day’s filming.

Reliant no longer exists as a company but it was formerly based in Tamworth.

Famed for its three-wheelers – the Robin and the Regal – it also made the four-wheel Kitten.

Additionally it made the far more sought after Scimitar, a vehicle which is much loved by classic car enthusiasts to this day.

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