Smithy’s Volvo from the hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey is now enjoying life as a family car and could be used in the recently announced Christmas special later this year.
It’s new owner and Gavin and Stacey fan, David Webb, bought the car to be used as his everyday drive after stumbling upon it on a classic car website.
While the car isn’t the original used for filming in the previous Christmas special, David has gone the extra mile to ensure it’s an accurate replica.
The Volvo features Smithy’s original number plate and is complete with “Smithy” signage on the back window, along with a tribute to the builder’s infamous takeaway order of: chicken bhuna, lamb bhuna, prawn bhuna, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadoms.
Finishing touches include a West Ham United towel, a London street map, a Smithy key ring and empty food packets to give the car the look it had during filming.
“A bit of a laugh”
The father-of-two said: “We treat it as a bit of a laugh.
“We have Nessa and Smithy masks and sometimes at the traffic lights I stick one on and people are laughing.
“It is my main car.
“I drive it to work, to the supermarket, to the tip – everywhere.
“Every time I go out, I come back to the car and somebody will be taking a photo of it or people will be videoing the car as we’re driving along.”
Corden announced the hit BBC sitcom would be returning for a one-off reunion special this Christmas.
It will come more than nine years after the last episode aired.
David said he’d “definitely” let James Corden use the car for Christmas special filming.
He said: “It would be fantastic, we would absolutely love it as you can imagine.
“We wouldn’t make a charge, it’d be great to have it in the show.”