Top Gear's reasonably priced Vauxhall Astra up for auction

It's the 2013 Vauxhall Astra of the stars.

This Vauxhall Astra is the last car used in the Clarkson-era Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment of BBC Top Gear, and it's seen its share of celebrity drivers. Preceded by a Suzuki Liana, a Korean-made Chevrolet Lacetti and a Kia Cee'd (called the C-apostrophe-D by Clarkson), the Astra was introduced in 2013.

The car is noted to be a 1.6-liter, five-door "Tech Line" hatchback with 115 horsepower, and it's also been fitted with a full roll cage along with two Corbeau Sprint Racing seats and five-point safety harnesses. Those make popping down to the shops a slightly bigger hassle, but you cannot put a price on safety – and it should not be forgotten that the airbags on the Vauxhall have been disabled due to the rollcage installation.

It is also noteworthy that for showbiz reasons this cannot be the only Astra used in the show. Some of the celebrity drivers required an automatic transmission, and the producers also had a backup car ready in case the initial car broke down due to over-eager driving. The mileage on this particular Astra is marked down as 2,908 miles, but those probably need to be counted in the same fashion as dog years.

The quickest lap recorded during the show's Astra years was a 1:44.6 set by Olly Murs, followed by Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Paul at 1:44.7. Will Smith, as depicted in the image above, managed 1:47.2.

Currently, bidding is at £8000, and Vauxhall Motors says all proceedings will go to charity – the auction will support BEN, which is set up to help unemployed automotive industry workers.

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