AutoClassics can confirm that a wrecked Jaguar MkI recovered in Derbyshire, UK last night is not the Inspector Morse Jaguar – although it is the spitting image

Police have said that it was ‘pure luck’ that no-one was killed when a classic Jaguar MkI smashed onto the road after sliding off a trailer at high speed. Travelling along the A50 near Etwall around 19:15 GMT on November 28, the Jaguar broke loose and is considered a write-off.

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Junctions 5 and 6 were closed for the majority of the night as a truck, which has swerved to avoid the stricken 1960s Jaguar, ploughed into a ditch. Three other vehicles were struck by debris and suffered significant damage.

After pictures shared by the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit seeped across social media channels, various sources have since claimed that the Jaguar was the very Mk2 used by John Thaw and Kevin Wheatly throughout ITV cult show Inspector Morse. AutoClassics can confirm that this is not the case, with a 1956 Jaguar Mk1 involved in the crash rather than the Morse Mk2.

Inspector Morse Jaguar doppelganger destroyed in crash
Inspector Morse Jaguar doppelganger destroyed in crash

Speaking with the owner of the Jaguar MKII used for filming Inspector Morse, the proprietor confirmed the vehicle was in one piece, squirrelled away ‘in a secret location’.

'I can assure you that the Inspector Morse car is safe and well,’ he told AutoClassics. ‘It has not been involved in any accident. It sounds as though people have jumped to assumptions.'

Running from 1987 until 2000, Inspector Morse was recently voted the best crime drama ever made and enjoys a legion of dedicated fans. The Jaguar MkII has become synonymous with the popular crime drama, enjoying as large a following as the show itself.

Inspector Morse Jaguar doppelganger destroyed in crash

While there is relief that Inspector Morse’s car is unharmed, we should still mourn the loss of its almost identical counterpart. Derbyshire Police have confirmed that the driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser towing the Jaguar will receive a court summons over a suspected insecure load.

Recently restored with an engine and gearbox overhaul, the Jaguar Mk1 had been returning from a vehicle auction in Buxton, where it had failed to sell earlier that day with a guide price of £18,000 – £22,000 ($23,000 - $28,000). It will be worth much less after its trailer crash, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that the Jaguar can be restored.

Pictures courtesy of Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit

Gallery: Inspector Morse Jaguar doppelganger destroyed in crash