Monday 20 November 2017

Coltrane's Jeep given museum place

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has donated a Jeep to a Glasgow museum
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has donated a Jeep to a Glasgow museum

A Jeep which once belonged to Robbie Coltrane has been given a final polish before it is installed in a new museum.

The 1988 Chrysler Jeep Grand Wagoneer was given to Glasgow's Riverside Museum by the actor last year.

It will be on display in the window of the museum when it opens later this year.

The new building, on the banks of the River Clyde, will house Glasgow's collection of transport and technology artefacts.

Curators at the Riverside Museum said the vehicle is an "excellent example of its type" - adding that cars produced by Chrysler between 1987 and 1991 are thought to be the "best of the breed" thanks to their engineering and aesthetic upgrades such as wooden panelling and modernised aluminium wheels.

Coltrane said he missed his old Jeep and its V8 engine in the recent cold weather.

"I could have done with that old warhorse this last month," he said.

"Nothing was getting up my hill, but she could go up solid ice."

Coltrane is a trustee of the Riverside Museum Appeal, which aims to raise £5 million for the premises.

Gavin McLellan, director of the Riverside Museum Appeal, said Coltrane was "a fantastic friend" to the museum.

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