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2000 Daimler Super V8 [X308]

2000 Daimler Super V8 [X308] in Ali G Indahouse, Movie, 2002 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

2000 Daimler Super V8 [X308]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Owner of this vehicle: magician

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G-MANN UK

2009-07-14 16:08

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The vehicle details for W308 XDU are:

Date of Liability 01 09 2009
Date of First Registration 03 05 2000
Year of Manufacture 2000
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3996CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLACK

Vehicle Registration Mark W308XDU
Make DAIMLER
Model SUPER V8
Transmission & fuel type AUTO 5 GEARS PETROL
Body Type 4 DOOR SALOON
Colour BLACK

-- Last edit: 2014-05-11 02:15:21

SV8 EN

2014-03-03 12:40

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Are you saying W308 XDU was the PMs car for real or one used in the ALI G film pretending to be the PMs car?
I know where this car is or at least a SV8 with the same registration?
H

SV8 EN

2014-03-04 15:49

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Has anyone got a copy of this Film (Ali G Indahouse) as I'd like to have the car registration confirmed? My info was that the car belonged to Lord McAlpine rather than the PM but it would be great to find out more? Is there any way of finding out where the footage was taken from and its date for the film?
H

G-MANN UK

2014-05-11 02:32

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This film is available on Sky On Demand, I downloaded and fast-fowarded through it. The same car (W308XDU) is used in a couple of other scenes including the ending (and the plate is partially visible). So it must not be a real ministerial car with bulletproof glass and everything (when Michael Gambon gets out of it at the end, the window is cracked open and you see it's normal glass, albeit tinted)

I thought it was archive footage because that is Downing Street, not a mock-up, and I assumed it would be difficult to get permission to use it. (I've now amended my first comment)

Where did you find out this car belonged to Lord McAlpine?

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dsl SX

2014-05-11 02:40

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Presumably there is an official fleet of lesser Jags etc for lesser ministers use (otherwise they'd all be turning up in their own scabby Fiestas/Metros/Escorts/Novas etc)?? So it could have been McAlpine's car during his tenure, plus others before and after. Or would Jag have given him his own car??

G-MANN UK

2014-05-11 02:44

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The lesser ministers used to use things like Vauxhall Omegas and even foreign cars like Nissan Primeras. I think some have even had to use public transport! (if you believe what the papers say)

I don't know anything about Lord McAlpine. Was he in the government around this time?

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dsl SX

2014-05-11 02:52

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A tory grandee - "Th*tc**er appointed him honorary treasurer of Conservative party, from 1975 to 1990. He was also deputy chairman of the party from 1979 to 1983." - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/19/lord-mcalpine-of-west-green

G-MANN UK

2014-05-11 02:58

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So by 2000 he probably wasn't entitled to a ministerial car.

dsl wrote Or would Jag have given him his own car??


Why would they have done that? :D

If this is his car, he must have bought it with his own money. Perhaps he was an Ali G fan? :think:

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dsl SX

2014-05-11 03:02

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Corporate brown-nosing.

G-MANN UK

2014-05-11 03:09

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Quote The great-grandson of "Concrete Bob", the founder of the McAlpine building company, was born in the Dorchester hotel, London, where his bottle of milk was delivered by room service.


Yeah, I'm sure he could afford his own bloody Daimler. :lol:

dsl SX

2014-05-11 03:13

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Coventry plate, almost certainly factory registered. He seems to have lived in Hampshire plus various other global retreats.

G-MANN UK

2014-05-11 03:18

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dsl wrote Coventry plate, almost certainly factory registered.


Does that mean it would have been a demo car or something?

dsl SX

2014-05-11 03:27

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My guess is some sort of lease/loan fleet available to influential people.

magician SX

2014-11-08 01:08

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Hi,
Your guesses are almost right - I own the car now and have the list of previous owners. Sorry no PM or Lord McAlpine, but 1st owner Jaguar Cars (obviously from the number) They had it until late 2001, so it must have been hired out to the film company for the Ali G movie which came out 2002. 2 more 6 year owners after that, then a 3 month female owner with a Sloane Ranger type name. then I got my hands on it. Fully loaded Supercharged Daimler with individual rear seating, still in stunning condition with low mileage - definitely not the usual 308 rust bucket. One for me to keep and enjoy.

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