Gaydon uncovers Persuaders archives

| 3 Oct 2011

A treasure trove of background material on the early ‘70s television series The Persuaders has been unearthed by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.Photographs, film production records and correspondence relating to this classic crime-solving TV series recently came to light during a major re-cataloguing project involving the BMIHT’s archives in the Heritage Motor Centre.The material was part of a personal collection of the late Roger Stowers, who worked at Aston Martin Lagonda Limited from 1966 until 2000 and was, for many years, the carmaker's in-house historian.BMIHT plans to put the material on display later next year. The find is sure to be welcomed by enthusiasts of the popular series, which starred Roger Moore and the late Tony Curtis and was first screened in September 1970.

The pair drove an Aston Martin DBS (above at this year’s Salon Privé) and a Ferrari Dino 246 GT as their respective Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde characters, with the Aston supplied by Newport Pagnell, which dressed a six-cylinder DBS to appear as a DBS V8 after demand for the latter led to supply problems.