The drama is set in 1965,  written by Russell Lewis, with support from Colin Dexter who wrote the original series. Actor John Thaw, who died of throat cancer in 2002, once said the Jaguar was a "beggar to drive". Every time I saw one parked I would look longingly at that beautiful dash board with all those switches set in I think was walnut ? Vienna gunman, 20, who killed four and wounded 17 was released early from prison on terror charges because... Was lockdown sold on a LIE? I enjoy the references to the original series! Treat yourself to the perfect entertainment bundle with NOW TV's offers, Get a discount code to save on your internet security, Discover a range of promo codes on kitchen appliances, Find Just Eat's special deals and offers this week, Listen to podcasts and books for less with these offers, Vienna gunman, 20, who killed four and wounded 17 was released early from prison on terror charges because of his age, had wanted to join ISIS in Syria - but 'was deemed incapable of an attack', Was lockdown sold on a LIE? Fast forward 50 yrs and my 70th birthdays and I finally brought a beautiful 2007 Jaguar S-Type in British Racing Green! It looks bloody good. It’s not a woman, of course, it’s the iconic burgundy Inspector Morse Jaguar Mark 2 that he drove throughout his career. Also, on the Lancia. Given the series started in the 1980s, he likely would have driven an SD1 (not a bad motor for a top plod) or an Ambassador. I always imagined it to be a Flavia Coupe. I don’t know about that, Morse was peculiarly snobbish sometimes. More relevantly, on the question of the use of a Jaguar over a Lancia, there’s a scurrilous reference on one site to the ‘, What is quite fun is a comment attributed to Colin Dexter that, in his view, Morse “, White Convertible Thing, Not Sure What it Was…, If Hopes Were Dupes, Fears May Be Liars. I pictured him driving a second series Flavia berlina – subtle enough to blend in, but distinctive enough to set him apart. It's 1970, and the new year and a new decade arrives with a murder on … Speculate he bought his own Mk II in the 70’s for banger money, it was always quite shoddy. Britain could face a 'double-dip' recession, a million extra unemployed and a record borrowing deficit of... Second lockdown WILL end next month, Boris Johnson insists as he faces a major Tory rebellion over new... Will the Teflon Donald come up Trumps again? The Jaguar was sold in a sealed bid tender by the liquidators of a firm that had previously owned it. Producers have even given him a black Mark I Jaguar, in a nod to the original Morse’s iconic deep red Mark II model.It’s a police-issue number, says a show insider. Indeed the German driving team of Peter Lindner and Peter Nocker won the 1963 European Touring Car Challenge with a 3.8-litre Mark II. I should say that TV prod staff are under time and financial constraints almost unknown to real film people — who could have sourced exactly the right Lancia for Thaw. For the general reader, whether he drove an old Jaguar or an old Lancia probably makes little difference. Betas had a trashed reputation in Britain by the time of the TV series, and Dedras had no aura (although are also nice drivers). The famous burgundy-coloured Jaguar car driven by TV detective Inspector Morse will be auctioned tonight and could fetch as much as £80,000. One of Morse's best quotes is:  "The secret of a happy life is to know when to stop - and then go that bit further.". But this time instead of a red Mk 2, Endeavour Morse's set of wheels was my black Jaguar Mk 1! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. My trawl of the ‘net has turned up nothing of any concreteness. Shaun Evans has the somewhat daunting task of living up to John Thaw’s much-loved portrayal of Colin Dexter’s detective. Abercrave Firstly, in print, Lewis is a Welshman in the latter stages of his career, rather than a rather young and guileless Geordie (the clue’s in the name and should, on reflection, have been an obvious incongruity to anyone watching the TV series). Snared in a web of deceit: Earl Spencer says Martin Bashir claimed William wore a watch that recorded Diana,... Tunisian jihadist who butchered three at a church in Nice before being gunned down by French cops tests... Prehistoric pea-brained killer: Complete brain of a fox-sized carnivorous dinosaur that walked the Earth 233... Silent e-scooters will be fitted with fake engine noises to warn pedestrians they are coming - as trials... Father who killed his three-year-old son in 100mph race crash on motorway is jailed for four-and-a-half... Ryan Giggs is arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his £1.7million mansion after police... Are YOU recycling all wrong? Robinson. LEWIS : You and that bloody car! The Inspector Morse series was made up of 33 episodes mostly set near Oxford. What problems did the mark 2 have during the show filming. Still The World's Least Influential Motoring Site. “Throughout the Inspector Morse TV series, the lead character, when seen at home, is often listening to music on his Xerxes. Now, all of this thinking and ret-conned after the fact, but I find the logic behind it both plausible and quite beautiful. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. The Jaguar Mark II has remained a firm favourite of classic car enthusiasts, despite the ever-increasing value (£30 to £50,000 prices are not uncommon). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Inspector Morse Jaguar was a Jaguar Mark 2 which was released in 1959 in the UK and carried on until its reign of production ended in 1967. I drove at speed ( tut tut not good ! ) The only car over which I have lusted since beginning to drive in 1957 – other than Morris Minors, and Minis, that is. Just thank God that, given when the books were written (and the vintage of the TV series), the production team did not resort to popping down to their nearest FCA dealership and picking up one of those Chrysler based Flavias instead. Thanks for the chuckle! 1977. On taking the role of Morse, John Thaw insisted that the Lancia Morse drove in the books was changed to a Jaguar Mark 2. I’m not really sure Colin Dexter ever mentioned year or model except it being an old Lancia, and I’m not really sure he cared. So far all that’s been revealed is that the youthful Endeavor Morse finds his dream car on sale for £1,227 – an asking price perhaps beyond the budget of a young police officer, especially one fighting to maintain his career. My opinion but probably accurate. Inside the battleground that will decide Trump's fate: How the eyes of the world will be on Florida's... or debate this issue live on our message boards. My brother and I bought it and drove it until it broke down just before we went into the service. Let me guess. Lewis : Well, I still like it. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. From everything we have been able to gather, the car was kept in impeccable condition. You can find out more about the cookies used by clicking this link. Sadly my friend who was a bit of a lad turned on its roof and trashed it I could of cried. Just not the right car. The car's most recent owner, a property management firm in north east England, found the car was reasonably presentable and driveable but was in a poor condition. The young sleuth is sidelined but showing the determination which Morse fans will recognise, he risks all in the hunt for a truth that will haunt him. but whatever beauty full stop. In Colin Dexter's books, Morse originally drove a classic Lancia. Last November, Morse creator Colin Dexter handed over the keys of the Jaguar to lawyer James Went, 25, who had won the vehicle in a competition organised by Carlton Television and Woolworth stores. Elsewhere, the view seems to be that the change was for entirely pragmatic reasons in that the production company just could not find a suitable, classic Lancia in the locale. The famous burgundy-coloured Jaguar car driven by TV detective Inspector Morse will be auctioned tonight and could fetch as much as £80,000. I find it hilarious and not a little bit clever they wrote that part in. Ironically enough, it should have been a case for Morse himself. ( Log Out /  I was an unloved 2.4 and with that black vinyl roof, it had probably been on the lot for some time, and Morse probably wouldn’t have had to pay that much money for it.

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