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Only Fools And Horses’ Del Boy and Rodney ‘would be millionaires’

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Lovely jubbly – Only Fools And Horses pair Del Boy and Rodney would be millionaires in today’s market, new research has revealed.

Wheeler-dealer Del Boy and dim-witted Rodney’s hare-brained schemes to make millions made the sitcom a huge hit.

Now a finance expert has concluded that the duo, played by Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, would today be worth over £3 million.

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Sir David Jason (Yui Mok/PA)

Their three-bedroom flat in Peckham, now one of London’s most trendy hotspots, would fetch £850,000.

The duo’s Ford Capri, three-wheeled 1967 Reliant Regal Supervan III and garage lock-up would together be worth £55,000.

Del Boy was famous for the catchphrase “this time next year, we’ll be millionaires”.

The much-loved show ended with the pair gaining and then losing a fortune while just managing to keep their flat thanks to a last-minute inheritance from Uncle Albert.

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Nicholas Lyndhurst (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Financial experts watched 60 episodes of Only Fools And Horses for the research.

The episode To Hull And Back revealed the duo were in possession of two cut blue diamonds, after the pair attempted to smuggle 30 diamonds from Amsterdam to Hull.

Although they were arrested, Del swapped his cat’s eye cufflinks for two of the gems, which would now be worth £2 million.

Finance expert Jasmine Birtles said: “If you look at all the accumulated assets Del Boy and Rodney had over the seven series of Only Fools And Horses they would be millionaires today and living the luxury lifestyle they always aspired to.

“A three-bedroom flat in Peckham would be worth a fortune in today’s market, as the area is fast becoming one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

Del Boy's three-wheeler van (PA)
Del Boy’s three-wheeler van (PA)

“Their other assets such as the lock-up, the three-wheeled van and Ford Capri would all fetch a tasty figure if put up for sale.

“The most astonishing finding from the research has to be the discovery of the two blue diamonds owned by Del Boy, which would be worth at least £1 million apiece if put up for auction today.”

TV channel Gold commissioned the research to celebrate the channel’s 25th birthday and its new documentaries David Jason: My Life On Screen and The Story Of Only Fools And Horses.

The study also surveyed 2,000 fans to reveal which of the duo’s hare-brained money-making schemes would have been viable business ventures.

Over a third (34%) voted the Trotter brothers’ Peckham Spring Water the best business idea, for predicting the trend for locally sourced food and drink.

Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Barry Batchelor)
Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Barry Batchelor)

Gold general manager Steve North said: “Although Peckham Spring Water was a complete con, Brits clearly think this was actually a genius idea to generate some decent dollar, with Del Boy spotting a gap in the growing health foods industry and tapping into the fashionable consumer market of purchasing locally sourced food and drink.”

:: Del Boy and Rodney’s key assets
Two pure cut and polished blue diamonds (cufflink size) – £1 million each
Three-bedroom flat in Peckham – £850,000
Del Boy’s lock-up in Peckham (Trotter’s Garage) – £25,000
Del’s classic Ford Capri – £25,000
The three-wheeled 1967 Reliant Regal Supervan III – £5,000
Del’s Gold ‘D’ 9 carat necklace – £469
Grandad’s silver cigarette case from the Zulu War – £150
Del’s 1981 Casio watch – £150
Uncle Albert’s service medals Star of Italy and Atlantic Star – £57
Inheritance of £145,000 each (£290,000) – inland revenue bill of £48,754 – £241,246