Classic car is back on home ground after film and television career
An eye-catching classic car which has been attracting attention across Bury St Edmunds is, in fact, a veteran star of film, television and music videos.
Since David Green bought the Wolseley 6-110 last summer he has seen it cause a stir whenever he has taken it out, in particular to Ickworth House and Nowton Park.
But while many members of the public have had their photographs taken with the car, what most will not realise is it has numerous screen credits to its name.
It started its television career in Hartbeat, which is when it was repainted to black from its original grey and converted to look like a period police car, complete with blue light and in-cab radio.
Its screen career has also seen it appear in The Krays; The Boat that Rocked; The Avengers, the movie; Cemetery Junction; Gangster no.1; The Bank Job; Buster; An Education; The Frankie Howerd Story; The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and many more period films and television dramas.
One of its most high-profile appearances was in Amy Winehouse’s 2006 video for her single Back to Black.
Classic cars afficionado David, who restores vehicles in his spare time, became aware the celebrity car was for sale while working on another Wolseley.
“I was already aware of this particular car and once I saw it for sale, I thought I had to have it,” said David, of Great Barton.
He has already been asked if he would potentially hire out the car for wedding and proms or make it available for future filming opportunities, which he is considering.
The car was originally registered in West Suffolk on May 1, 1967. But while it was registered somewhere in this region 42 years ago, David bought it from a Canterbury owner and believes it has lived around the country since its manufacture.
“It’s quite nice to think it has come virtually back home again,” he said.
“It’s a nice car to drive so I do take it out quite a lot.”
Last Tuesday, David took the car along to a meeting of the Probus Club of Bury St Edmunds, which also welcomed speaker Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, who spoke to members about his role.