The sports car prop from Gerry Anderson's The Investigator. Image: Vectis

Gerry Anderson’s “The Investigator” props in upcoming Vectis auction

The speedboat and sports car models from the pilot episode of Gerry Anderson‘s unmade series The Investigator are to be offered at the Teesside Auction House, Vectis, on Thursday 26th September 2019.

The sports car prop from Gerry Anderson's The Investigator. Image: Vectis
The sports car prop from Gerry Anderson’s The Investigator. Image: Vectis
The speedboat prop used in scenes from Gerry Anderson's The Investigator pilot. Image: Vectis
The speedboat prop used in scenes from Gerry Anderson’s The Investigator pilot. Image: Vectis

The two vehicles in the sale where created for the 1973 pilot and were previously offered at auction in 2018 by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Stansted Mountfitchet, but failed to make their reserve.

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson are forever associated with “Supermarionation” – a sophisticated form of puppetry. In 1973, after numerous successes with Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, amongst others, Gerry planned on releasing a new series, The Investigator, based around two inexperienced but dedicated teenagers, trained by a mysterious alien intelligence with mysterious powers to tackle international espionage, environmental disasters and political corruption.

The Investigator - Opening Titles

The Investigator - The

The Investigator was to be the final longform Supermarionation production for Anderson, with three Thunderbirds voice actors in the cast – Peter Dyneley (Jeff Tracy) as The Investigator, Shane Rimmer (Scott Tracy) as John, and Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope) as Julie.

(Gerry Anderson’s final Supermarionation production was actually in advertising in 1977, for JIF toppings).

The show never went into full production, and at limited screenings of the pilot, which was shot on location in Malta, it’s easy to see why. With its odd production values, combining live action with puppets to a far greater degree than the broadcast The Secret Service, and a bizarre plot involving foiling an international criminal, the pilot just doesn’t work. It was seen as a rare failure for Anderson, who had enjoyed phenomenal success with his previous 18 successful shows.

Gerry Anderson's The Investigator pilot speedboat prop. Image: Vectis

On offer in the 26th September TV and Film related Vectis sale is a speed boat, in one sixth scale which had to be towed for the live action sequences in the twenty-three-minute pilot episode. The most-used prop on offer is a red, eight-wheeled sports car, which is radio controlled and fitted with a petrol fuelled motor-bike engine.

Gerry Anderson's The Investigator pilot sports car prop. Image: Vectis

Both were designed by Reg Hill and manufactured by Space Models of Feltham, who had made many of the props for Gerry Anderson’s other productions, including Thunderbirds.

Both the car and boat were released by Dinky as Armoured Command Car and Coastguard Amphibious Missile Launch.

A Gerry Anderson
A Gerry Anderson “Armoured Command Car prototype toy with French language box from the unrealised Gerry Anderson TV series The Investigator, which was sold at auction in 2016 for £300. Image: Vectis

Vectis have previously sold toy prototypes of these toy vehicles, which were to be marketed alongside the show.

Unfortunately, the toy line was also mothballed and therefore these are also scarce.

Alongside these items, also in the offer are a huge range of Doctor Who, James Bond and Star Wars figures – even some Palitoy Action Force items; plus both British and US comics, film posters and much, much more.

Palitoy Action Force Action Man Red Shadow 3 3/4

Palitoy Action Force Action Man Red Shadow 3 3/4″ figure

Selection of Marvel UK’s Mighty World of Marvel including The Mighty World of Marvel 1972 #1
Selection of Marvel UK’s Mighty World of Marvel including The Mighty World of Marvel 1972 #1
Marvel UK Spider-Man Comics Weekly Bronze Age Comics 1973
Marvel UK Spider-Man Comics Weekly Bronze Age Comics 1973
Marvel UK The Titans Bronze Age Comics 1975 #2,-12, 14-19

Marvel UK The Titans Bronze Age Comics 1975 #2,-12, 14-19

Large Quantity of Promotional Standees including Star Wars X-Wing Fighter model, Star Wars, Barb Wire, Austin Powers, MASK and other titles
Large Quantity of Promotional Standees including Star Wars X-Wing Fighter model, Star Wars, Barb Wire, Austin Powers, MASK and other titles

Rupert Bears battle The Mekon in this lot!

Rupert Bears battle The Mekon in this lot!
Thunderbirds models
Thunderbirds models

Both The Investigator car and the boat have pre-sale estimates of £3,600 to £4,600 each and further details on the Vectis web site here

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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