The classic Porsche 911 driven by detective Saga NorÃ©n in the cult TV series The Bridge has sold for five times its estimated value.
The Jager Grun (Hunter Green) 1977 911S became almost as big a star of the scandi-noir thriller as lead actress Sofia Helin, featuring alongside her from the very first episode.
With the fourth and final season concluded, the production company behind the hit show decided to sell off the classic sports car and raise money for the charity WaterAid.
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The stunning model went under the hammer at Bonhamsâ€™ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction last Friday. It was offered with an estimated value of Â£20,000-Â£30,000 but far exceeded that on the day, selling for Â£125,000.
The Porsche has inspired a cult-like following among fans of The Bridge, with dozens of forums dedicated to unravelling the story behind the car and its provenance. What Bonhams has confirmed about the car is that itâ€™s a 1977 2.7-litre model with manual transmission built for the US market and imported to Sweden from San Francisco in 2009, since when itâ€™s had three owners, including The Bridgeâ€™s production company.
Sofia Helin, who stars as Saga NorÃ©n , is an ambassador for WaterAid, which works in some of the worldâ€™s poorest communities to improve access to clean water and good hygiene.
After the sale, she said: â€œIâ€™m so happy that Sagaâ€™s dear Porsche could raise so much money for such a good cause. Iâ€™ve seen first-hand what a wonderful job WaterAid does in improving access to clean water and decent toilets globally, and the money will really help transform lives for people in some of the world’s poorest communities.â€
According to Sofia, the car takes a bit of getting used to. She added: â€œThey offered me extra driving lessons before driving the car and at first I refused as I could already drive and had a one-year-old baby so didnâ€™t want to waste time on lessons, but after having a go in the car, the lesson proved incredibly useful!â€
Tim Wainwright, chief executive at WaterAid, commented: â€œWe were very excited to see Sagaâ€™s Porsche do so well at auction and so grateful that the proceeds from the sale of this iconic car will support WaterAidâ€™s work across the world. It costs just Â£15 to provide one person with clean water, so the money raised really will help transform lives.â€