Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car was a segment of Top Gear in which presenter Jeremy Clarkson interviewed a celebrity and then showed a clip of their attempt to drive round the Top Gear track, filmed earlier. Their times were then put onto a leader board. There have been four reasonably priced cars in all: the Suzuki Liana, Chevrolet Lacetti, Kia Cee’d, and this Vauxhall Astra.
This Vauxhall Astra is the last car used in the Clarkson-era Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment of BBC Top Gear, and it’s seen its share of celebrity drivers. As per Top Gear tradition the Astra was initiated with a star-studded barbeque, featuring well known celebrities such as the comedian Jimmy Carr, the actor Warwick Davis, also singers Brian Johnston and Joss Stone. After a decent lunch, the celebrities tested their mettle on the track. Following the abrupt end of Series 22 as a result of Clarkson’s dismissal from the show, the Astra was returned to Vauxhall, who have kindly provided the car to Coys for charity auction.
The Astra has covered under 3,000 miles from new at the hands of over 20 famous actors, singers and comedians. Here is the full leaderboard of lap times completed over the years:
1:44.6 – Olly Murs
1:44.7 – Nicholas Hoult
1:44.7 – Aaron Paul
1:45.1 – Brian Johnson
1:45.6 – Jimmy Carr
1:46.1 – Hugh Jackman
1:46.7 – David Haye
1:46.8 – Warwick Davis
1:47.1 – Margot Robbie
1:47.2 – Will Smith
1.47.8 – Benedict Cumberbatch
1:48.5 – Rachel Riley
1:48.5 – Gillian Anderson (Mildly moist)
1:48.8 – Charles Dance
1:48.9 – Joss Stone
1:49.2 – Kiefer Sutherland (wet)
1:49.4 – James Blunt (very very wet)
1:49.9 – Ron Howard
1:49.9 – Tom Hiddleston (very wet)
1:50.1 – Hugh Bonneville (wet)
1:51.0 – Steven Tyler
1:51.5 – Mike Rutherford
Several non-standard features were added for its TV role, including a full roll cage and racing seats with five-point safety belt harnesses. The roll cage means the airbags have been disabled, so the buyer will need to have these reactivated before the car would be road legal.
With the demise of Top Gear in this hugely popular format, Coys are delighted to be able to offer this rare piece of well-documented television history, which will be sold at No Reserve to the highest bidder.