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1990 Volvo 740 GL - Idris Elba's 'Luther' car
1990 Volvo 740 GL - Idris Elba's 'Luther' car
Luthers Volvo (1) 1990 Volvo 740 GL


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Estimate: No Reserve
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: YV1744273L1490995
The critically‑acclaimed BBC psychological crime drama Luther, first broadcast in 2010, helped turn Idris Elba into an internationally famous star for his portrayal of DCI John Luther. One of Luther's trademarks was his love of old Volvos; in the first series, he drove a 240, and returned to that model for the fifth series. However, the big Swedish bruiser that got the most on‑screen time with Idris was the pale metallic blue 1990 740 GL he drove in series two, three and four.

H654 WKH is the Luther Volvo, registered in August 1990. It's in the same condition as when it appeared on TV, including missing bits of body trim and wheeltrims, plus a front wing in grey primer. Ordinarily, these might be regarded as negative points, but in the case of this 740 GL, they provide extra authenticity; this is the car as DCI Luther owned and drove it in the series. Inside, the car still has its prop two‑way communications radio fitted, as well as what we believe is a blue light atop the dashboard.

The Volvo can be seen starring alongside Idris Elba in these Luther YouTube segments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GcqRcYPZsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld6C1JyiVDw  

Five former registered keepers are recorded for this 1986cc Volvo, which comes with its V5C (as well as a copy of some previous ones) and a current MoT certificate valid until January 2023. There are also test certificates dating from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, with the ones from 2010 onwards showing very few miles covered year‑to‑year over that period. In 2010, the recorded mileage was 145,635 miles, it's now 145,921. There's also the original document folder with owner's manual, audio equipment instructions (with radio code), service manual and even a Volvo Lifetime Care cassette. The service book is stamped up to 102,698 miles (November 1998).

Paperwork very specific to this particular car is a sheaf of BBC production call sheets and parking permits, as well as a cardboard cut‑out of Idris Elba ‑ for that extra touch of realism.
The critically-acclaimed BBC psychological crime drama Luther, first broadcast in 2010, helped turn Idris Elba into an internationally famous star for his portrayal of DCI John Luther. One of Luther's trademarks was his love of old Volvos; in the first series, he drove a 240, and returned to that model for the fifth series. However, the big Swedish bruiser that got the most on-screen time with Idris was the pale metallic blue 1990 740 GL he drove in series two, three and four. H654 WKH is the Luther Volvo, registered in August 1990. It's in the same condition as when it appeared on TV, including missing bits of body trim and wheeltrims, plus a front wing in grey primer. Ordinarily, these might be regarded as negative points, but in the case of this 740 GL, they provide extra authenticity; this is the car as DCI Luther owned and drove it in the series. Inside, the car still has its prop two-way communications radio fitted, as well as what we believe is a blue light atop the dashboard. The Volvo can be seen starring alongside Idris Elba in these Luther YouTube segments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GcqRcYPZsI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld6C1JyiVDw Five former registered keepers are recorded for this 1986cc Volvo, which comes with its V5C (as well as a copy of some previous ones) and a current MoT certificate valid until January 2023. There are also test certificates dating from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, with the ones from 2010 onwards showing very few miles covered year-to-year over that period. In 2010, the recorded mileage was 145,635 miles, it's now 145,921. There's also the original document folder with owner's manual, audio equipment instructions (with radio code), service manual and even a Volvo Lifetime Care cassette. The service book is stamped up to 102,698 miles (November 1998). Paperwork very specific to this particular car is a sheaf of BBC production call sheets and parking permits, as well as a cardboard cut-out of Idris Elba - for that extra touch of realism.
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: YV1744273L1490995
Estimate: No Reserve

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