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1995 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Merit MkIII

1995 Vauxhall Astra MkIII in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, TV Series, 1997-2001 IMDB Ep. 1.04b

Class: Cars, Hatchback — Model origin: DE — Made for: GB

1995 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Merit MkIII

Position 00:11:40 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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Sandie SX

2013-06-18 23:00

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[Image: vauxastra2.jpg]

The vehicle details for M870 LUU are:
Date of Liability 05 10 2005
Date of First Registration 03 01 1995
Year of Manufacture 1995
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1388cc
Fuel Type PETROL
Vehicle Colour BLUE (I guess resprayed)

rtsbusman1997 US

2020-09-27 06:16

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this may have been a real Met car, since there's a few actual units in this plate series: Link to "www.emergency-vehicles.co.uk" https://www.emergency-vehicles.co.uk/Emergency-Vehicles-Online/UK/UK-Police/Metropolitan-Police/Vauxhall-Astra/i-7P8kck7/A Link to "www.emergency-vehicles.co.uk" https://www.emergency-vehicles.co.uk/Emergency-Vehicles-Online/UK/UK-Police/Metropolitan-Police/Vauxhall-Astra/i-gTS7pvs/A

I wonder if some film cars back in the 1980s and 1990s/early 2000s were real Met vehicles set aside for TV/film productions because there are quite a few Met vehicles that fell into actual fleet batches here on the site in various London area productions.

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Sandie SX

2020-09-28 21:21

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Most likely it's just an ex-Met car bought by a prop company, the livery looks dodgy (the stripe ends too far from the headlamp, also think the badge is wrong for a 1995 car).

Ex-police cars are much cheaper here than standard retail used cars and more realistic for police cars (Vauxhall in particular used different specs) so for prop companies it's a lot better for them than using a normal used car.

rtsbusman1997 US

2020-09-29 06:01

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must have had a fairly short and rough life in the Met (would have been out of service by mid 1997) considering its earliest appearance was in CI5: The New Professionals: /vehicle_1081696-Vauxhall-Astra-1995.html

Baube QC

2020-09-29 06:04

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crashed one that got repaired ?
there is a place near where i live that has several crashed /retired police cars and ambulances

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rtsbusman1997 US

2020-09-29 09:29

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i think this car was the car crashed in London's Burning: /vehicle_835146-Vauxhall-Astra-1995.html hence why it looks so strange here (filmed a year prior, so would have gotten a rebuilt front and new paint/markings)

Sandie SX

2020-09-29 19:48

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rtsbusman1997 wrote must have had a fairly short and rough life in the Met (would have been out of service by mid 1997)


Earliest appearances of it seem to be from series filmed in 1998, pretty usual for police forces here to defleet cars after 3 years back in those days, particularly with standard patrol cars like Astras.

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