A classic Jaguar famous for its role in hit TV show only Fools and Horses is expected to fetch up to £85,000 at auction next month.

The cream E-Type was introduced by character Boycie to Del Boy and Rodney Trotter on the show’s second episode in September 1981 with the quote: “You know what, it’s only E-Type Jaguars and Sebastian Coe that make me feel proud to be British today.”

In the show, Boycie had bought the convertible – numberplate UYP 694M – as a present for his ‘bit on the side’, and arranged for it to be stored in Del Boy’s garage for a week. Of course, Del Boy and Rodney couldn’t resist the chance to go for a spin in it, but things turned pear-shaped when Rodney accidentally threw a cigar pack, which had two girls’ phone numbers scrawled on it, out of the window.

When Del Boy hit the brakes to recover it, another car smashed into the back of the expensive Jaguar.

Luckily, that was all just part of the storyline, and today the 1973 Jaguar is in a remarkable original condition. With 79,000 miles on the clock, it has received subtle updates that only further its appeal.

The black PVC hood has been replaced with a blue mohair hood and matching tonneau, while the original steel wheels were replaced in the 1980s with chrome wire wheels fitted to splined hubs and Jaguar spinners.

Following a 10-year stint in storage, the E-Type has received a light recommission to make it auction-ready. New shock absorbers, battery, SU fuel pump, Stromberg carburettor kits, track rod ends, top and bottom ball joints, brake pads, hoses and seals, bonnet and hood seals were fitted, while the bumpers were rechromed and the paintwork polished.

It will be offered on September 3 at Silverstone Auction’s Salon Priv? sale with an estimate of £75,000 – £85,000.