One of the original Reliant Rebel Supervans used in Only Fools and Horses sells at auction for £ 36k

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Deliciously jubbly! One of the original three-wheeled Reliant Rebel Supervans used in Only Fools and Horses – complete with fluffy dice and ‘Tax in the Post’ board – sells at auction for £ 36k

  • One of the original three-wheeled Reliant Rebel Supervan IIIs used in Only Fools and Horses sells for £ 36,000
  • Silverstone Auctions of Ashorne, Warwickshire sold the vehicle, which was one of six original vans
  • Not known in which specific episodes it appears, but it is thought to have been used during the first two series
  • Included was a fluffy die, a ‘Tax in Post’ sign on the windshield and a roof rack with the market merchant’s suitcase
  • When the auctioneers spoke to the buyer, they said to the van’s new owner, ‘Cushtie, you know it makes sense’

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Some of the UK sitcom royalty was bought at auction after one of the original three-wheeled vans used in Only Fools and Horses sold for £ 36,000.

The instantly recognizable Reliant Rebel Supervan III, which dates back to 1972, was bought by the BBC when the classic comedy started in 1981 and was one of only six used during the 22 years the show ran.

After Only Fools and Horses ended after the Christmas special in 2003, the van was sold and has spent the past six years with an enthusiast.

It has now sold for £ 36,000, including auction fees, at Silverstone Auctions in Ashorne, Warwickshire, where it was bought by an Only Fools enthusiast.

Some of the UK sitcom royalty was bought at auction after one of the original three-wheeled vans (pictured) used in Only Fools and Horses for £ 36,000

Some of the UK sitcom royalty was bought at auction after one of the original three-wheeled vans (pictured) used in Only Fools and Horses for £ 36,000

The instantly recognizable Reliant Rebel Supervan III, which dates back to 1972, was bought by the BBC when the classic comedy started in 1981 and was one of only six used during the 22 years the show ran.

The instantly recognizable Reliant Rebel Supervan III, which dates back to 1972, was bought by the BBC when the classic comedy started in 1981 and was one of only six used during the 22 years the show ran.

The instantly recognizable Reliant Rebel Supervan III, which dates back to 1972, was bought by the BBC when the classic comedy started in 1981 and was one of only six used during the 22 years the show ran.

It has now sold for £ 36,000, including auction fees, at Silverstone Auctions of Ashorne, Warwickshire, where it was bought by an Only Fools enthusiast.

It has now sold for £ 36,000, including auction fees, at Silverstone Auctions of Ashorne, Warwickshire, where it was bought by an Only Fools enthusiast.

It has now sold for £ 36,000, including auction fees, at Silverstone Auctions of Ashorne, Warwickshire, where it was bought by an Only Fools enthusiast.

Gary Dunne, Sales Manager at Silverstone Auctions, said: “This is one of six original Reliants on display during Only Fools and Horses’s 22-year span, and the second in which we have the honor of selling.

It went under the hammer on our first sale in 2021 and was certainly one of the star cars on sale.

It was a great opportunity to own a piece of British comedy history.

“Our message to the buyer was very bad: Cushtie, you know it makes sense.”

It is not known in which specific episodes it appeared, but it is thought to have used during the first two series, including the famous ‘Chandelier’ episode.

The van is the second in the original fleet of six vehicles that the Warwickshire-based auctioneers have sold since the show ended in 2003.

The van is the second in the original fleet of six vehicles that the Warwickshire-based auctioneers have sold since the show ended in 2003.

The van is the second in the original fleet of six vehicles that the Warwickshire-based auctioneers have sold since the show ended in 2003.

It is not known in which specific episodes it appeared, but it is thought to have used during the first two series, including the famous 'chandelier' episode

It is not known in which specific episodes it appeared, but it is thought to have used during the first two series, including the famous 'chandelier' episode

It is not known in which specific episodes it appeared, but it is thought to have used during the first two series, including the famous ‘chandelier’ episode

Only Fools and Horses rode for 22 years and six of the famous vans were used in the creation of the show.  Pictured: David Jason (left), Nicholas Lyndhurst (center) and Lennard Pearce (right)

Only Fools and Horses rode for 22 years and six of the famous vans were used in the making of the show.  Pictured: David Jason (left), Nicholas Lyndhurst (center) and Lennard Pearce (right)

Only Fools and Horses rode for 22 years and six of the famous vans were used in the making of the show. Pictured: David Jason (left), Nicholas Lyndhurst (center) and Lennard Pearce (right)

The body is painted to look bare and the side is marked with the words ‘Paris, New York, Peckham’ and ‘Trotters Independent Traders’.

Included in the sale was a roof rack containing a market merchant’s suitcase, fluffy dice and a ‘Tax in the Post’ sign on the windshield.

There is also an inflatable doll in the trunk, a tribute to one of the most popular ‘Danger UXD’ episodes.

Despite regularly being the butt of jokes, the van proved to be incredibly reliable, surviving the rigors of long days of filming.

Crew members could even drive long distances if they shot away on location.

A BBC key tag

A BBC key tag

Some control switches in the vehicle

Some control switches in the vehicle

When the show ended after the Christmas special in 2003, the van was sold and spent the past six years with an enthusiast. Pictured: Van is accompanied by a BBC key fob (left) and some vehicle control switches (right)

Included in the sale was a roof rack containing a market merchant's suitcase, fluffy dice and a 'Tax in the Post' sign on the windshield

Included in the sale was a roof rack containing a market merchant's suitcase, fluffy dice and a 'Tax in the Post' sign on the windshield

Included in the sale was a roof rack containing a market merchant’s suitcase, fluffy dice and a ‘Tax in the Post’ sign on the windshield

Despite regularly being the butt of jokes, the van proved to be incredibly reliable, surviving the rigors of long days of filming.  Pictured: Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst

Despite regularly being the butt of jokes, the van proved to be incredibly reliable, surviving the rigors of long days of filming.  Pictured: Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst

Despite regularly being the butt of jokes, the van proved to be incredibly reliable, surviving the rigors of long days of filming. Pictured: Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst

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