Unfortunately it was.
In retrospect I have another 2.6 here that would have been better suited to the task and I wouldn't have felt so bad at seeing it bashed about.
The Top Gear car had mint original rear arches.
However a session of 'restoration' will see the car returned to its former glory in full Clitheroe Carpets colours!
He had the paint job done on the cheap for £250, but its a very good job for the money.
Clitheroe carpets is a made up name.
I had the car at our local Whit monday procession and it was seen by 2/3000 people and got it lots of applause and cheers.
I was amazed at the number of young kids who thought it was really cool.