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ARTHUR Daley would be proud - for the wheeler dealer's used Daimler has just been sold for PS15,000 - despite a dodgy mileage.

The 1981 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Series III Saloon from the classic 1980s Minder TV series was sold for PS15,525 at the Practical Classics Restorations Show at the NEC in Birmingham, which saw a million pounds of cars auctioned. The vehicle sold even though in the best traditions of Daley himself, the mileage on the beige saloon was believed to be wrong.

Warwickshire-based Silverstone Auctioneers said the Daimler saloon has a recorded mileage of 33,677, but had had its odometer replaced when it had just 9,000 miles on the clock.

Actor George Cole - who played Daley - wanted to buy the car himself in 1985 but it was given away in a TV Times competition instead.

The car was raffled again in 2002 but the winner did not want it, so the luxury motor found its way to eBay where it was bought by its current owner.

The 4.2-litre vehicle - which is free from corrosion - has a new MOT as well as six months' tax, and even comes with the original service book.

A 1969 Morris Milk Float featured in the opening shots of the 1980s soap opera EastEnders also went for PS2,300.

Other cars sold in the auction included a 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe which had stood in a barn in Sicily for 20 years, which sold for PS62,100.

A 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage, sold for PS51,175 and a 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 Series I went for PS49,450.

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