Fiona, 56, is best known for hosting proceedings on the show and usually listens in as experts analyse the relics brought to the numerous locations Antiques Roadshow visits. Arriving at the Aerospace in Bristol for a recent repeat of the BBC programme, the presenter had her eye on the first-ever edition of a Blue Bristol 400 car. However, instead of a motor specialist telling her how much it cost, the newsreader decided to step into a new role and she was the one who revealed how much the vehicle would cost at auction.
Speaking with guest George, the presenter said as she explained the backstory of the vehicle: “This car is virtually in the DNA of your family because your great-grandfather started the aircraft production company here at Bristol Filton.
“Then your grandfather and father carried that on but diversified into car production,” Fiona added before the guest stepped in.
George shared: “They did, after the Second World War. It turns out to be the first car that was ever sold.
“There were two or three prototypes made, and then this was the first semi-production car sold,” he continued.
In total admiration of the motor, the host remarked: “I must say, the design of it is gorgeous. It’s just such a beautiful thing.”
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Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce delivers rare valuation on Blue Bristol 400 car (Image: BBC)
Antiques Roadshow: Fiona Bruce spoke with guest George about the Bristol 400 (Image: BBC)
The guest added: “The design went down very well with the public, but certainly within the Bristol Aeroplane Company, there was some suggestion that it might be a little out of date.”
As the vehicle shone in the sun with its blue coating, George explained: “It was derived from the prewar BMW, and therefore was not the latest design.
“And my father replied to the criticisms