The top five cars of Alan Partridge
A-ha! Alan Partridge is back. Yes, after almost 30 years in the wilderness, he’s triumphantly returning to the BBC at long last. But what will he be driving?
Despite his penchant for practical, usually rather dull cars, we know he’s a discerning petrolhead at heart. (You certainly shouldn't ask him to drive a Mini Metro). He’s been seen driving numerous makes and models over the years so, in celebration of his return to the screen, we’ve taken a look back at his vehicular past…
5. Vauxhall Insignia
We’ll kick off with one of Alan’s lowlier cars – the Vauxhall Insignia. After being dumped from the small screen, this is the car Alan drives while he’s DJing for North Norfolk’s second-most popular digital radio station. Bland, ordinary, practical… and without the cache that came with some of his previous cars, the 2010 Vauxhall Insignia was the perfect car for Alan… before his comeback of course.
4. Kia Optima
Alan Partridge drives this Kia. Specifically, a 2011 Optima saloon supplied by Fendales Motors. Yes, thanks to a deal with a local dealership, Alan and his leather driving gloves can be found piloting this middle-of-the-road saloon. Despite a high-tech interior, practical boot and staid good lucks, the feature Alan is most fond of is of course the central locking. Specifically, the bleep it makes when you lock it. He loves that noise…
3. Rover Metro
And now for a car that Alan definitely won't be driving... but worthy of inclusion anyway. After failing to bag a second series at the BBC, Alan’s at an all-time low. But never will he fall low enough to drive a Rover (“They’ve rebadged it, you fool!”) Metro.
His long-suffering PA Lynn insists that if he trades his beloved Rover 800 for a more frugal, smaller model, he might be able to save his production company. Not wanting to lower himself to a rebadged Mini Metro, he eventually ends up with a Rover 200. Nothing on his glorious Rover 800, but at least it’s not a Metro.
2. Rover 800
And here we have the original Partridge-mobile: A Rover 800 in all its resplendent glory. This was Alan’s motor when he was on his way up. But that was all to come crashing down, when BBC commissioning editor Tony Hayers denied him a second series.
But that wasn’t his only problem. The night before his crunch meeting, someone daubed ‘C*ck P*ss Partridge’ along the side of his beloved beige ride… Not what you need just before the most important meeting of your life. Even his mate Michael trying to cover up the more sweary elements by adjusting the obscenity to ‘Cook Pass Babtridge’ didn’t really improve matters.
1. Lexus IS300
There’s one brand that Alan holds in higher regard than any other. Yep, it’s the “Japanese Mercedes”… Lexus (Lexi). His Lexus-related love affair comes to an unfortunate end, however, when he drive his beloved IS300 into a bollard. This also caused Lynn’s airbag to explode and ensured she suffered a bout of “minor woman’s whiplash”.