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LIFE SAVER: Eric’s Jenson Interceptor up for auction. Photo credit: Twitter

THE famous Jenson Interceptor car that once belonged to the late Eric Morecambe is up for auction and expected to fetch up to £100,000.

One half of one of the most famous British comedy duos ever was driving this iconic car when he suffered his first heart attack back in 1968 and was rescued by passer-by Walter Butterworth who quickly jumped behind the wheel and rushed him to the Leeds Infirmary, and saving his life in the process.

Now restored to its former glory, the Jensen is expected to go for between £90,000 and £100,000 at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

At the time of its purchase, the Jenson was twice the price of an E-type Jaguar and more than the equivalent Aston Martin making it one of the most expensive cars in the world.

With matching chassis and engine numbers, the Crystal Blue car has the original number plate as owned by Eric Morecambe, and is one of less than 30 Mk1 Jensen Interceptors left in existence.

Up for auction on the same day – without a reserve price – is the infamous Reliant three-wheeler driven by Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.