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Herne Bay couple Clive and Cheryl Barker bring Hollywood thrills to Kent with Renault NN Tourer car used in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

By Gerry Warren

A car that featured in a blockbuster action movie will soon be trundling around local lanes.

Classic car enthusiasts Clive and Cheryl Barker, from Herne Bay, have bought the 1928 Renault NN Tourer used in the desert chase scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The car belonged to a company that specialised in providing vehicles to the film industry.

Clive and Cheryl Barker in their 1928 Renault NN Tourer, which featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

But the business, which has a film museum near Windsor, decided to sell it through a Brooklands historic cars auction, where it caught the eye of the couple.

The bidding was expected to be furious, but it failed to meet its guide price of between £9,000 and £14,000. The Barkers then decided to contact the auction house and put in an offer, which was accepted by the owners.

Now it has pride of place in their garage alongside their Austin Healey 3000.

Retired Clive and Cheryl live in The Paddocks, but used to own the former Unicorn pub at Bekesbourne and later ran a B&B in Wingham.

Cheryl said: "It's beautiful and is a generous four-seater so we can take friends out for drives.

"We watched the film again recently and it was great to see the car and think we own a bit of movie history. Unlike Clive's Healey, I can reach the pedals."

A scene from the Indiana Jones film with the Renault leading a convoy of vehicles

The car was painted all black for the movie and was worse for wear. But the bodywork and interior where later restored and it now looks magnificent.

Clive said: "It has a one-litre 17hp engine but unfortunately was laid up for 15 years and is not running. But I have been reassured by a mechanic friend that it shouldn't take much to get it going again.

"It looks very sturdy underneath and I even found some sand in it, which I assume is from Almeria in Spain where the chase was filmed."

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