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‘Lady in the Van’ van heading to Silverstone sale


Actress Maggie Smith paints the van as the cameras roll | Silverstone Auctions photos
Actress Maggie Smith paints the van as the cameras roll | Silverstone Auctions photos

The 1957 Bedford CA van from the 2015 movie The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith, will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, scheduled for March 6 at the NEC in Birmingham, England.

The van is one of two “cosmetically distressed” for the movie, which was based on the story of Mary Shepherd, who resided in a van in Alan Bennett’s driveway for more than a decade.

1957 Bedford CA Van rear angle HR
Silverstone expects the van to bring as much as $16,700

In one scene in the film, Maggie Smith paints the van, which is being sold with her artistry still present. Before the filming, the engine was rebuilt, according to Silverstone, and the van is rust-free and its 3-speed manual gearbox and electrical systems are in “good working order.”

“We’re excited to be offering a piece of British cinema history at our sale which, paired with the appeal of the Bedford van to classic collectors, makes for a very exciting and unique opportunity for our customers,” Nick Whale, Silverstone managing director, said in a news release.

Silverstone has placed a pre-auction value of £9,000 to £12,000 ($12,500 to $16,700) on the van.

Silverstone’s news release notes that not only is the van part of British film history, but that Bedford’s CA light delivery van was introduced in 1952, originally with a separate chassis which allowed special bodywork to be put in place, including Dormobile and Campervan conversions.

The 1957 model being offered at the auction has two opening rear doors and sliding front doors. The sale will include some 70 classic vehicles.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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