Roger Moore's 'Persuaders' Aston Martin to be auctioned
The classic British sports coupe is expected to raise up to £550,000 when it is auctioned by Bonhams at its annual Aston Martin sale in Newport Pagnell.
Manufactured in 1970, the handsome bruiser, sporting licence plate PPP 6H, featured prominently in the show's 24-episode run and followed Tony Curtis and Roger Moore as they hotfooted around Europe's more glamorous locations.
The car comes complete with the autographs of both Moore and Curtis, on the inside of the boot lid.
The James Bond star expressed particular interest in using an Aston Martin as his Persuaders wheels, feeling the car's classy image ideally suited his character.
The car played the ideal opposite number to Curtis' Ferrari Dino, and both cars were central to much of the on-screen action.
However, the car offered is not a DBS V8. Due to the production only just beginning when filming commenced, Aston Martin supplied a V6 version, kitted out with the V8 model's wheels and badging.
When filming on The Persuaders concluded, the car was returned to Aston Martin for a service, and was then sold to its first private owner in 1971. Since then, the car has had five separate owners, each time changing hands behind closed doors without advertising.
The fourth custodian commissioned a complete overhaul from the Aston Martin Works department, and requested that the car be returned to the exact same specification as when it was delivered to the set of The Persuaders.
Since then, the DBS has been lavished with attention, enjoying a thorough service each year at the hands of Aston Martin's expert Works engineers, and has never looked better in its 44-year life.
If you're interested in getting your hands on this slice of TV history, the Bonhams auction takes place on May 15.