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Top Gear's Reasonably Priced Car Is Up For Auction

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But will it sell for a reasonable price?

Top Gear's 'Star In A Reasonably Priced Car' segment was a brilliantly devised piece of TV. The insurance complications of sitting famous people in the latest and greatest powerful car to race against the clock was as much of an issue as persuading their publicity agents it would be a good idea. So, the Top Gear team used a bit of British self-deprecating humor and had their guests race against the clock using something that wasn't fast, just reasonably priced.

Now the 1.6-liter Vauxhall Astra used from 2013 through 2015 on the show has popped up for auction in the UK on Collecting Cars. It comes complete with a decal across the hood listing the celebrities that thrashed their way around the Top Gear test track along with their lap times.

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For this humble Vauxhall Astra's (its closest American cousin would be the Chevy Cruise Hatchback) stint on the Top Gear Test Track track, the driver's seat was graced by the likes of Will Smith, Hugh Jackman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margot Robbie, Kiefer Sutherland, Ron Howard, Steven Tyler, Gillian Anderson, and Aaron Paul. UK viewers will also appreciate the appearance of the unexpectedly hilarious James Blunt, as well as Rachel Riley, Joss Stone, Warwick Davis, and Ed Sheeran.

In total, 22 celebrities drove the Astra and British singer, Olly Murs, ran the fastest time of 1 minute and 44.6 seconds. Unfortunately, to keep the competition consistent for Formula 1 drivers over the seasons of the show, they only used the original car, a Suzuki Liana, to set their times on the show.

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The car is still decked out with the full roll cage, Corbeau Sprint racing seats, five-point safety harnesses, and camera mounts. The listing notes that "The vendor acquired the car a year ago and is the only private owner. He has ensured that the car has been kept in superb, ready-to-drive condition." Anyone who saw the Astra in action at the hands of the celebrities will be wary of that claim though as it took some serious abuse in the name of entertainment.

At the time of writing, the car hasn't been up for sale long at all and the first bid is for £500, which is around $620.

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