Pop Larkin’s yellow Roller for sale

Pop Larkin’s yellow Roller for sale

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  Sunday 14th November 2021


Pop Larkin’s yellow Roller for sale

Vintage Rolls-Royce used in The Darling Buds of May in the 1990s is tipped to sell at auction for £70,000

A piece of nineties British television history is set to be sold to the highest bidder next month with the auction of the Rolls-Royce used in ITV comedy drama The Darling Buds of May.

The car, a 20hp Park Ward Landaulette finished in a stunning shade of yellow, was famously loved by David Jason’s character Pop Larkin in the series that ran from 1991 to 1993, which gave Catherine Zeta-Jones her breakthrough TV role playing eldest daughter, Mariette.

In a neat piece of timing, the car has come up for auction just as the show is reborn on television screens as the Larkins, starring Bradley Walsh as Pop.

The Roller last changed hands in 2019 for £100,000, though the estimate placed by H&H Classics for its appearance at the Imperial War Museum auction on 17 November is far lower, between £50,000 and £70,000.

The auction house describes it as ‘arguably one of the most beloved UK TV car characters ever’, which is why the vehicle has changed hands for six-figure sums of £100,000 on its two most recent occasions.

When it goes to the block at the Duxford museum in Cambridgeshire, it will be offered with an MOT certificate valid until 5 May 2022.

The 20HP was first unveiled in 1922 and is instantly distinguished by its horizontal radiator shutters.

It was considered the second string to the Rolls-Royce bow at the time – a shorter, more economical sibling to the Silver Ghost which broadened the marque’s reach to span both the very rich and seriously wealthy.

It was built on a ladder-frame chassis with power coming from a 3,127cc straight-six-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox.

The Roller has leaf-spring suspension with braking on the rear wheels only and ‘worm and nut’ steering.

This example was supplied new on 20 August 1926, via a dealer in Nottingham, with chassis GUK-71 featuring Landaulette coachwork by Park Ward and was finished high varnished in Purple Blue with fine white line and matching blue upholstery.

It remained in the first keeper’s ownership for 10 years before being bought by a second owner who kept it for almost another two decades.

In 1955, the car was sold to a Richard Edward Derington Fenning of the Royal Hotel, Ashby-de-la-Zouch who retained it for 38 years – in which time registration ‘RA 333’ would become arguably the most famous 20hp in existence thanks to its role in the TV series. 

Last changing hangs two years ago, the Roller has been stored in a ‘carcoon’ – a dehumidified unit – where it has been maintained carefully.

Included with the vehicle is a comprehensive folder featuring rarely seen documents, including the original order confirmation letter, bill of sale and specification sheet from 1926.

As well as this, copies of pre-delivery inspections are also included, as well as the original logbook, a copy of the original guarantee and instruction manual.

In addition, further documents include previous MOTs and invoices including a printed summary of maintenance post-1992, and of course, photographs and press relating to the hit television series.

The Darling Buds of May was broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993.

The first six episodes of Series 1 and the first two of Series 2 are adaptations of the 1958 novel of the same name and three of its four sequels, by renowned author H.E. Bates. The remaining episodes are original storylines based on the same format.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, the series follows the life of the Larkin family. 

Pam Ferris played the role of Ma Larkin alongside Jason and Zeta-Jones – the latter marrying tax inspector Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, played by Phillip Franks.

David Jason said the message of this show was the same as Only Fools and Horses (1981): that the most important thing is what happens at home and with the family.

The car will be available to the highest bidder just four days after the Mini Moke used in cult sixties series the Prisoner goes under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale.

Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk


Top 10 Weirdest Things People Sell And Actually Make Money On

By Patrick Welsh – fact checked by Rachel Jones

Desperate times call for desperate measures—what would you do to make some money if you really needed it? There are unusual paths to financial success, and some people get very creative. They see a unique gap in the market and take the opportunity to fill it. It’s a strange world, and things only get more interesting with each passing day. So why wouldn’t someone’s money-making scheme follow the trend? Here are the top 10 weirdest things people sell and actually make money on.


#10         Virginity

Teen Girl Sells Virginity For $3 Million

Well, sex literally sells! Sex is a mostly taboo subject that initiates debates throughout the world. However, there is no doubt that virginity is a prize and something people hold in high regard across many communities. For men, getting to sleep with a virgin may be something of a conquest. For ladies, it may be a sacred act reserved only for the special person they choose. But some women keep their virginity and then sell it to the highest bidder. With the amount that they get, they can set themselves up for a more comfortable life if they plan well. A night with a stranger may mean paying off student loans, opening an education fund, or a business downpayment. One lady actually sold her virginity for $3 million.   


#9           Air

Air is free, found in nature, and just about everywhere, right? That isn’t always the case, depending on which part of the world you are in. Some parts are so polluted that some individuals would do just about anything to get to breathe in some fresh air. The cost isn’t such a big concern in these cases.


Air farming in fresh spaces is a solution to help those in polluted countries. Some enterprising people in the U.K. and Canada are cashing in by selling air, quite literally. For customers in China, air in a bottle is a prized possession and such a relief to their lungs, which are usually exposed to smog.


#8           Toilet Paper

Most Expensive Toilet Paper In The World

Answering the “call of nature” should not really be a luxurious experience. Or should it? Some may go to the bathroom just for some peace and quiet. They’ll stare at the wall or scroll on their phone while they do their business. But apparently, alone time isn’t the only priority when people go to the bathroom. Some people want to use nothing but the best, even when it comes to toiletries.Some toilet paper manufacturers make luxury black, camouflaged, or Sudoku tissue paper to appeal to different markets. An example of the most expensive toilet paper is Toilet Paper Man’s 22 karat gold tissue, worth $1.3 million. There is a demand for this tissue in Dubai, and it is considered the perfect choice for golden toilet seats, which are more like thrones.


#7           Human Waste

Although this may sound crazy, one man’s poop may be a life-saver for another. Some patients suffer from Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that is stubborn and fatal and responsible for 15,000 American deaths in a year. Doctors can treat this with a fecal transplant. Healthy microbes from the human waste of a healthy person are placed inside the intestines of the patient. This helps remove Clostridium difficile from their system. In 2015, one researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sold his stool and earned around $1,000.But not anyone can qualify to be an OpenBiome stool donor. You need to pass a thorough clinical assessment and be free of any infections. You also cannot have traveled to a country in which there is a risk of contracting diseases. You cannot be obese and should not have used any antibiotics or illicit drugs within a specific time frame.


#6           Professional Mourning Services

Funerals and burials are somber affairs, and the ones mostly affected by the loss are usually the deceased’s loved ones. However, some people are actually making money selling professional mourning services. They put up an act and cry on demand.Professional mourners research the person who passed on so they can get to ‘know them’ and talk a bit about them as they mourn. Professional mourning services are common in African, Asian, and Hispanic countries. However, they are also gaining popularity across Europe and the U.S. Some are known to charge different rates for crying and doing other activities such as rolling on the ground, threatening to jump into the grave, and actually jumping into the grave.


#5           Used Underwear

To some, handling or having someone’s underwear may be down-right disgusting. However, to others, this is a fetish, and they may be willing to pay a premium price to get a hold of someone else’s used underwear. Apparently, there is a considerable demand for the undergarment. The grosser they are, the bigger the demand. This creepy business thrives on the sale of used women’s underwear. You get a better price if the underwear is tight-fitting, worn out, and has weird stains. Gross, right? A pair goes for around $50 bucks at a fair price. What makes it more bizarre is the vast market available for these products. Japan had vending machines just for this business. Of course, the government shut it down, but only on concerns that it was men that were wearing the female undergarments.


#4           Breastmilk

Make Money Selling Breastmilk | He bought My Milk | Milk Money

Yes, mothers vend breastmilk at a reasonable price, and it’s a lucrative business that has existed for quite a while. While this may seem suitable for infants whose mothers can’t breastfeed, it still tops the list of strange things people sell for cash. The World Health Organization advocates that, infants should get breastmilk from other healthy mothers in the event their biological mother is unable to produce milk. So, yes, you can make money selling your breast milk. There are sites like onlythebreast.com that facilitate this sale. Still, we can’t completely ignore the concerns about online breast milk customers. Whether it’s for a full-grown adult with a fetish for human milk, we can’t tell. There are also medical concerns about the health of the lactating mother selling her milk.


#3           Selling Real-Life Horror Moments

For most of us, we like to keep our dark moments to ourselves. We seldomly want to remember those times life dealt us a cruel hand. However, for others, this a money-making opportunity. People are actually getting paid to narrate and sell their real-life misery moments to magazines and newspapers. As the old cliché goes, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. It may not work for everyone, but to some, it’s business as usual. These stories may range from your near-death experience, an illness, or even your spouse’s affair. The prices vary depending on the sensitivity of your story. It gets even creepier when the agencies require that you produce photographs or document proof to validate your story. Of course, they will publish these.Even though it sounds callous, you can get between $200-$2,000 for a single story. If you are more aggressive with your bargaining skills, you can convince a magazine and a newspaper into a joint deal for your story.


#2           Blood Plasma

Plasma is the clear fluid in which other blood components like platelets and red blood cells are suspended. This is why it is different from conventional blood donations. It takes much longer since the doctors have to extract the plasma from the blood. Apart from the fulfillment of knowing you’re helping a sick person somewhere you also get paid well for it. To sell your plasma, you have to be screened for specific viruses, be 18 years old and weigh more than 110 lbs. If you are of the right weight and healthy, you can make two donations per week. For each donation, hospitals pay anywhere from $20-$50. Hospitals pay you depending on the amount of plasma you can donate. The amount of plasma you can safely donate is directly proportional to your weight.


#1           Selling Weird Jewellery on Etsy

WEIRD And Crazy Jewellery Designs

Conventionally, jewellery is supposed to be beautiful and unique and probably shiny. However, there is an equally huge market for jewellery that is down-right weird and creepy. On Etsy, hundreds of sellers make creepy jewellery out of unconventional material like deer teeth. Even more astounding is the market for such jewellery. You’ll see soap in the shape of mutilated human body parts and denture-inspired earrings and finger rings on the site. Now with the advances and capabilities of 3D printing, the array of weird stuff on Etsy just got bigger. Sellers get quite an impressive passive income selling bizarre jewellery.

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– Nicolas Chamfort



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