Animation motor in online auction

Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park is to raise money for his children's foundation by selling the vehicle that inspired the 'Anti-Pesto' van that Wallace drives in the animated films. The green 1958 Austin A35 is available on eBay.

Nick Park's Austin A35
Nick Park's Austin A35

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation, which supports children's hospitals and hospices across the UK. Bids had reached £6,000 when Third Sector went to press.

The van has no MOT and has been left in a garage since being restored in 2005.

"I've always been a fan of Austins, and this particular vehicle inspired me to come up with the Anti-Pesto van in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," said Park. "The van needed to be big enough to transport Wallace's invention, the Bunvac 2000, but slick enough to go on high-speed chases after the were-rabbit. The Austin was a perfect match."

To view details of the van, visit eBay and search for "Nick Parks 1958 Austin A35 green van".

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