Vintage car is star of new US TV series

Brian Sherrins with his 1936 Lanchester LA14 car
Brian Sherrins with his 1936 Lanchester LA14 car

A chance meeting at a vintage car rally has catapulted one Glenrothes man’s pride and joy onto the television screens of millions across America.

For car enthusiast Brian Sherrins’ 1936 Lanchester LA14 was one of the stand out vehicles used in the new US television series - Outlander - tipped by critics to be a hit with sci-fi fans.

The new show is based on Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series, which tells the story of Clare and Jamie Fraser, who use time travel to slip between 18th and 20th century Scotland.

The show’s producers - US cable network, Starz -filmed large parts of the series on location in Falkland, back in October.

“I took the car to a vintage car rally in Ladybank last summer, it was there that I was approached by a film agent from Glasgow who had been involved in programmes such as Downton Abbey, he wanted to take some photographs of the vehicle,” explained Brian.

“ That’s the last I’d heard of it until I received a phone call asking if I’d be interested in allowing the car to be used in some filming for a period drama being shot in Falkland.

“It sounded interesting and in the end the film crew used the car for a week as part of their filming.”

But Brian, who has been a vintage car enthusiast for many years, having restored several, says he is yet to see his “vintage gem” on the television screens.

“I’m curious to see how it was used in the final cut but at the moment it’s only being shown in America so I’ll have to wait,” he added.

Brian purchased the car from the family of a fellow collector friend in Thornton and has been lovingly polishing and preserving the head-turner for the last decade.

Alongside the Lanchester, Brian also has a 4.5 ltr Bentley Mk 6 - affectionately known as‘The Duchess’.

Motoring history alive and well in Fife

The Lanchester Fourteen Roadrider, a new 6-cylinder Lanchester was presented to the world by The Lanchester Motor Company in September 1936.

Built by Daimler, and featuring fluid-flywheel drive and a pre-select gearbox, its Roadrider signature was chosen because of its unique suspension features.

The Fourteen was continued after World War II, with a coach-built body for the home market and, under the Lanchester Leda name for the export market.