A replica of Noddy’s car has been sold for more than £6,000
The delightful little motor made famous by children's author Enid Blyton has been crafted from a 1977 Reliant Kitten car.
The successful bidder paid a hammer price of £6,200 with extra fees pushing the total figure to £6,200. The Noddy car had belonged to an elderly couple who spent the last five years enjoying their own adventures in the toy-like motor, driving around their home town of March, Cambridgeshire, and taking it to charity fundraising events.
Geoffrey Hearn, 85, bought it for his Noddy-loving wife Sheila, 85, in 2012 and they even had Noddy and Big Ears costumes to look the part on their travels.
But the couple reluctantly decided to sell the two-seater vehicle which has a top speed of 80mph as Mr Hearn now finds it too hard to operate a manual car due to a dodgy knee.
Mr Hearn, a retired engineer, said: "My wife saw it for sale on eBay and just she had to have it, so I bought it for her.
The motor was made famous by children’s author Enid Blyton
"Sheila grew up with the Noddy books and loves unusual cars so it was perfect.
My wife saw it for sale on eBay and just she had to have it, so I bought it for her
"The previous owner bought the Noddy-shaped bodywork from a scrap yard because he thought it would fit perfectly over a Reliant Kitten that he had.
"He had done most of the work when I got it from him, all I really needed to do was give the body a spray in the red and yellow colours.
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"While other people have attempted to recreate the Noddy car there are no replicas anywhere near as accurate as this, which is absolutely spot on.
"We would get lots of attention whenever we took it out on the road. Everyone would point and say 'Noddy'.
"At charity events people would pay money to have their picture taken inside it."
In Miss Blyton's timeless 1950s tales, Noddy uses his car to ferry his friends around Toyland.
Geoffrey Hearn paid £6,200 for the car after his wife saw it for sale on eBay
The vehicle, which first appears in Miss Blyton's second book Hurrah for Little Noddy, is recognisable by its distinctive sounding horn.
The real-life replica uses the body and engine of a Reliant Kitten, a four-wheeled version of the much-maligned Reliant Robin.
Matthew Whitney, a specialist at Charterhouse auctioneers, of Sherborne, Dorset, said: "We had never had anything quite like this car before. "It is a true one of a kind and actually an incredibly accurate replica, looking just like the car described in the stories and shown on television.”