Have you always dreamed of sitting in the driver’s seat of Top Gear’s reasonably priced Car? Well now you can, although perhaps not in the way you might have expected. You see, Top Gear’s reasonably priced Astra is up for grabs, after Vauxhall listed the car on eBay.
As of right now, there have been 27 bids which has pushed the price up to 10,301 (US$15,316), and for that you’ll receive Top Gear’s 2013 model Vauxhall Astra which was used from 2014, and has just 2,908 miles on the clock. But don’t let the low mileage fool you, as one can assume that almost every single one of those miles was driven at full throttle.
Celebrities from Ed Sheeran to Will Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch have thrashed the Astra around the Top Gear Test Track at Dunsfold Park, Surrey as part of the BBC motoring show. Olly Murs drove the car to the top of the leader board after clocking a time of one minute, 44.6 seconds.
Interested? If so, you should be aware that the airbags have all been disabled to make room for the roll-cage, and in its current state the car shouldn’t be driven on the road. However, the Vauxhall Technical Team will work with the winning bidder at handover to fully explain how the vehicle has been adapted.
All proceeds will go to BEN – the UK’s charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries. David Main, chief executive of the BEN charity, said: “We are reliant on the generosity of our supporters to enable us to continue our work helping people who work within the UK automotive industry, so we are very grateful to Vauxhall Motors for this kind donation of a piece of history for a great cause.”