‘The Professionals’ Capri headed to H&H Classics auction

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1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British ‘The Professionals’ TV series | H&H Classics photos

From 1977-1983, Bodie, portrayed by actor Lewis Collins, took on criminals on their own terms in the British television series, The Professionals. His vehicle of choice was a Ford Capri, one of which will be offered at the H&H Classics auction April 20 at Duxford, UK.

The 1978 Capri 3.0S crossing the block is one of a series of Strato Silver cars used in the series. This one appeared in seven episodes with UOO 303T license plate. In addition to its silver paint, is has a tartan plaid Fishnet Recaro interior. H&H expects it to sell for £35,000 to £45,000 ($50,000 to $65,000).

The tartan interior
The tartan interior

According to H&H, Bodie was a ruthless ex-paratrooper, mercenary and SAS sergeant who was expert in weapons, martial arts and “advanced driving.” He also was “a ladies’ man… always ready with a witty comment, and tended to hide his intelligence behind his hard-man image… His car seemed an extension of the man.”

The Professionals was produced by Brian Clemens, who also was among those behind the popular Avengers television series.

“This classic car is also a wonderful piece of entertainment memorabilia,” Damian Jones, H&H Classic sales manager, said in a news release. “Classic cars and film props are two of the fastest growing areas in collecting where we have seen values soar.”

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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.