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Morse's Jaguar has sold for the world record price and stayed in the UK.

The burgundy Jaguar Mark 2, 248 RPA, synonymous to the Inspector Morse series has had a sale agreed for a substantial, world record price, fully realising its estimate.

The buyer, Mr Ian Berg, fought off strong UK and International interest and stated he was "pleased that something so iconic would now remain in the UK". He added that "this Jaguar has become a real favourite with the great British public and deserves to be seen and appreciated by all - not locked away in a collector's garage!" Mr Berg's future plans include satisfying the public's sustained desire to see the car by allowing it to make appearances at events and shows throughout the UK, and to also promote all things 'British'.

Howard Eastwood of Walker Singleton (Asset Management) Ltd. who was handling the sale stated "interest in the car has been extraordinary, reflective of the high affection and recognition the car has, not just in the UK, but around the World."

Over the last three years the car has benefited from a substantial restoration, transforming it from the unreliable car John Thaw once described as a "beggar to drive" into a condition that is now as good, if not better, than it was when new.