The future looks bright for Philip Glenister. The Life on Mars actor has returned for a second series of motor restoration programme, For the Love of Cars, and did someone say, “Top Gear presenting vacancy”?
It would be a shame, though, to split Glenister up from his co-host, car designer Ant Anstead. The interaction between these two is as smooth as a Merc S550 gliding along an open highway. Anstead keeps his eye on the aesthetics, while Glenister stands up for the driver’s experience. This week they were after a 1967 Aston Martin DBS, closely associated in Glenister’s mind with the iconic yellow model driven by his childhood hero Roger Moore in The Persuaders: “A lot of people might think it’s pathetic, but this is genuinely a boyhood dream for me.”
Sadly the unloved hunk “o” junk Ant tracked down to a barn in Hertfordshire, was a long way from that 10-year-old’s dream. This was the most ambitious job the pair have yet attempted, and after 6,000 man hours and £87,500, it all came down to a choice of leather interiors – “stay-safe black or roll-the-dice red”? Luckily, the twinkle in the eye of their auctioneer suggests they made the right decision.
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