When it was time to put a star in a reasonably priced car, the BBC’s Top Gear once turned to the homemade Vauxhall Astra as its go-to. Many things have changed since then. Jeremy Clarkson and company have moved on to Amazon’s The Grand Tour,
Joey Tribbiani Matt LeBlanc has taken the reins at Top Gear and Vauxhall may not even be a General Motors brand for much longer.
In the meantime, after decommissioning the Vauxhall Astra for track duty, BEN, a charity committed to making positive differences to the lives of people within the automotive industry, readied the car for auction. And it has finally sold for a fairly small sum.
Even after names like Olly Murs, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Jackman climbed aboard the Vauxhall Astra to wheel it about the iconic Top Gear test track, it wasn’t enough to sway the price past £6,000, or $7,455 USD. Still, BEN was thrilled each and every cent was going to a charitable cause like its own.
“We are extremely grateful to Vauxhall Motors for their continued support and generous donation to BEN,” Jools Tait, Business Development Director at BEN said. “Every pound donated ensures we can continue to provide our support services for people working in the automotive industry and their families. These services focus on the four main pillars of peoples’ health and wellbeing: financial, physical, mental and social, helping people to navigate life’s toughest challenges, supporting and empowering them to make lasting, positive change.”
As Top Gear moves into its second season sans Clarkson, Hammond and May, the next vehicle on deck for the “Reasonably Priced Car” segment is rumored to switch to a Toyota GT86.