Thursday, 11 July 2013

Matt Smith's First Car Up For Charity Auction

Matt Smith is selling his first car for charity.

The X-reg Vauxhall Corsa Club is being auctioned off on eBay in aid of Starlight - an organisation that grants wishes to children who are seriously and terminally ill and entertains youngsters in hospitals and hospices in the UK.

Also affectionately known as "The Shed", the silver three-door manual vehicle, which was first registered on 30th November 2000, has approximately 60,000 miles on the clock. It has been owned by Smith since he was 18, but has ended up parked on his parents' driveway because of his work commitments. In addition, the MoT expired last November, but the 12V 973cc petrol-fuelled car is taxed until August.

The eBay listing states:
The car has several significant features that Matt is particularly proud of, including a wing mirror held on with gaffer tape and one or two strategically-placed bumps and scratches which add to the car's authenticity as the Time Lord's favoured mode of transport.

Affectionately called The Shed by many of Matt's friends, the Corsa, which Matt has had since new, has been involved in many of his most memorable journeys to and from university in Norwich and to the National Youth Theatre and even to some of the Dr Who locations. Latterly, Matt asked his sister to drive the Corsa, keeping it in near-perfect working order.

Alas, as the car grows slowly older it is now in need of a more loving home, particularly as Matt's career now takes him away so often to far-flung exotic locations where his trusty Corsa cannot go! So it is with a heavy heart that Matt must bid "The Shed" farewell!
Smith, who is an ambassador for Starlight, commented:
While I have been travelling the universe in my TARDIS, my much-loved Vauxhall Corsa, aka The Shed, has been parked outside my parents' house. As my first-ever car, it has seen lots of adventures, not to mention a fair few mishaps, hence the dents.

I'll be very sad to see it go but I understand my parents want their driveway back! I'd love to find a new owner for this great little car, particularly as all the profits will go to Starlight, which is an amazing charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.
The auction closes on Thursday 18th July at 2.11pm BST. At the time of posting this news item, the top bid was £560.

Smith can be seen discussing the car, among other topics, in the following excerpt from an edition of the BBC TV series Top Gear, which was broadcast on 26th February 2012 and uploaded to the show's YouTube channel at the beginning of this year. (NB: May not play outside the UK.)


UPDATE - THURSDAY 18th JULY, 3.40pm BST: The car eventually went for £6,300 after 64 bids.