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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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James Bond cars part of collection for sale for £20m

A rare collection of James Bond cars that was once part of a Lake District museum has gone on sale for £20 million.

Peter Nelson photo
Peter Nelson

Many of the cars from 007 movies in the collection believed to be the world's largest array of Bond vehicles, including six Aston Martins, used to be owned by Keswick dentist Peter Nelson.

Mr Nelson, 60, ran the popular Cars of the Stars museum in the town until 2011. It contained cars from a host of films and television programmes.

Included in the museum was a Batmobile, Knightrider, Mr Bean’s Mini and the Reliant Robin from Only Fools and Horses.

He sold the collection to American businessman Michael Dezer, who took the cars to Miami to display.

Now, with Mr Dezer putting the collection up for sale once again, Mr Nelson said he would like to see it return to the UK.

“It would certainly be very nice for it to come back. I kept an Aston Martin with all the gadgets and the Trotters’ van but it would nice for other people to be able to see the collection. I had my pleasure from it, I enjoyed the rush of collecting but I ran out of things to collect,” he said.

The collection that has been put up for sale is made up mainly from the dozens of cars bought from Mr Nelson, as well as other additions.

He thinks that the price tag might be slightly ambitious but wishes Mr Dezer good luck in the sale.

“He has added a couple of things to it but I think to get that money is wishful thinking. I don’t think there will be anybody that would be interested at that price, but you never know.

“I’m happy with what I got for them, I think I sold at the right time. I’m delighted with getting all that sorted.”

The newest cars in the collection are the Audi A5 and the Land Rovers used in Skyfall in 2012 while the oldest is the Fairey Huntress boat used in From Russia With Love in 1963.

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