Top Gear’s Reasonably Priced Car Is For Sale

One of the most famous Vauxhall Astras of the previous generation is being auctioned for charity.

The red-finished 1.6-liter 115bhp-powered model, which was thrashed around the famous Top Gear test track in the “Star in a reasonably priced car” segment of the old show’s format, could be yours, if you’re willing to pay the price, that is, because at the time of writing, 11 bidders have set the cost to £8,100 ($12,065).

Proceeds from the charity auction will benefit BEN, whose goal is “to make positive differences to people’s lives in the automotive industry“. BEN is also helping families with cost of specialist disability equipment for children and it offers a range of services from nursing to end life care as well.

The compact hatchback
has traveled for 2,908 miles (4,680 km) and it rides on 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Some of the features found on it include the Front Corbeau Sprint Racing seats with a 5-point safety belt harness, a full roll-cage, the digital radio with six premium speakers, USB connection with iPod control, mobile phone system with Bluetooth, 3-spoke leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, sat-nav with 7-inch color monitor and multi-function trip computer.

The seller mentions the disabled airbags to make room for the roll-cage. Reinstating them means removing the roll-cage and, in its current state, “the car is not type-approved and should not be driven on the road“. Converting the car for “use on the public highway would incur significant cost“.

The Astra was seen by an estimated 350 million people in 170 countries across the globe, weekly, back when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were presenting BBC’s Top Gear. If the compact model has convinced you to place a bid, then you can check it out on eBay.

PHOTO GALLERY

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel Arrives Stateside, Though Only In Unlimited Guise

According to Jeep, the 2020 EcoDiesel is the torquiest, most fuel-efficient Wrangler to date.

2020 Cadillac CT5 Fails To Stand Out, But That Doesn’t Make It A Bad Choice

Cadillac’s new CT5 offers a balanced package among compact premium sedans, but it’s not a contender for the first spot.

2020 Genesis GV80: First Look At Profile And Digital Instrument Panel

The GV80 will have an upscale interior with premium leather, wood trim and metallic accents.

New 2020 Skoda Octavia Vs. Predecessor: What’s Different?

The Skoda Octavia is now more modern, practical, comfortable and fuel efficient than ever.

2020 Volvo S90 Facelift – If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

The mid-life update of the Volvo S90 flagship will include a lot of new tech.

We’re Driving A Suzuki Jimny, What Do You Want To Know?

The Suzuki Jimny is loved around the world, is it as good as everyone says?.

The Pedestrian Steering Horn Is A Wonderful Idea For A Dystopian Future

Why talk to people when you can simply honk? Enter the ‘Pedestrian Horn’.

2025 Ford Mustang Electric Study Envisions Muscle Car Of The Near Future

Hypothetical renderings give us an idea of what an all-electric Ford Mustang could look like.

Alex Albon Retains His Seat In Red Bull Racing For 2020

The Thai-British Formula 1 driver will continue to race alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull next year.

BMW, Geely Approached By Tata In Search For Jaguar Land Rover Partners

Tata is reportedly in early talks with the two car makers and could still approach other companies.