TELLY ’tec Inspector Morse’s burgundy Jaguar Mark 2 has been voted top of the cops for TV crimefighter cars.
The classic British-made motor from the hit ITV show got more than half the votes in a poll.
Second was Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro from Ashes to Ashes with 43 per cent, then Magnum PI’s Ferrari 308 GTS.
Other favourites included Bodie and Doyle’s Ford Capri in The Professionals, Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino and a Ferrari Testarossa in Miami Vice.
Morse drove a Lancia in the original Colin Dexter books, but actor John Thaw insisted the car be a Jaguar Mark 2 when he took on the telly role in the 1980s.
BBC show Top Gear polled 1,000 adults ahead of this Sunday’s episode, which celebrates telly police cars.
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Executive producer Alex Renton said: “It’s fantastic to see the Jaguar Mark 2 claim top spot. A true British classic that was a genius bit of casting.”
Presenter Chris Harris gets to drive the Jag.
He said: “The Mark 2 originally had a reputation for grace and sophistication but by the 1980s when Morse was on the TV, it had a different image — it was a bit more bank robber than stately home.
“But it all fitted with Morse’s character, the curmudgeon who loved real ale and crosswords and disliked pleasantries.”
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