Iconic cars have always played a key role in TV series and one of the most recognisable machines to feature in a recent TV programme is the Audi Quattro, driven by actor Phil Glenister in BBC show Ashes to Ashes.

This pristine red classic has been fully massaged back to its former glory by Audi UK and is set to be auctioned off online to raise money for Children in Need on November 16.

The gleaming Audi Quattro driven by DCI Gene Hunt in the TV show is to open for bids as part of the Children in Need charity fundraising.

If you want to fire up the Quattro, first you have to fire up your wallets!

Hunt’s formidable red sidekick will go up for sale following the Children In Need show to be televised live on Friday evening. The car, which is currently owned by the BBC and was famously ?fired up? by Hunt in each episode dates back to 1983, with a charismatic 2.2-litre five-cylinder turbocharged motor burbling away under its snout.

Apart from its restoration at the hands of Audi UK, this model has been signed under the bonnet by Glenister, who has also added his character’s ?fire up the Quattro? slogan to the machine. In anticipation of the upcoming sale, the actor has created a short video that opens with the line: ?If you want to fire up the Quattro, first you have to fire up your wallets!”  

Helping to symbolise the significance of the Quattro auction, both the car and Children in Need are now 24 years old, with the car first appearing at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show. The auction is already underway on the BBC Children in Need online show and ends at 9pm on November 16.

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