History of the Car

The car was purchased by Carlton TV specifically for the series. It remained in the ownership of Carlton until the series was brought to a close, with the death of Morse, in November 2000.

Carlton, in conjunction with Woolworth's, gave the car away in a promotional raffle undertaken in November 2001. The winner, a London based lawyer, quickly sold the car privately.

The new owner commissioned some restoration works prior to its resale, by auction in April 2002; where it sold for £53,200. The purchaser at the auction was the Director of the Company, now in liquidation.

In May 2002 the Company retained classic car restorers David A C Royle & Co, of Staindrop, Co. Durham to undertake a full and comprehensive "nut and bolt" restoration. This was finally completed at the end of June 2005 at a final cost in excess of £100,000.

The restorers have provided a summary of the condition of the car at the time it passed into their control together with a synopsis of the works undertaken by them.


The car was recently sold, following a frenzy of world interest, to Ian Berg. Mr Berg was pleased that such an icon would remain in the UK. His intention is that as many people as possible should view and appreciate this special car and so rather than seeing it go into a private collection he has stepped forward to ensure it stays in the UK.