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Savile's Camper Van Hidden After Dealer Abused
A man trying to sell the upmarket camper van used by Jimmy Savile in his Radio 1 heyday says he has been the target of angry phone calls and "sick" requests to borrow it.
The car dealer, who spoke exclusively to Sky News on condition of anonymity, says he has been forced to hide the converted 1978 Range Rover after one caller threatened to set it on fire.
"I've just had so much abuse," he explained "I had one bloke rang from a blocked number and just swore at me."
The distinctive white Range Rover, one of only five made, was ordered by Savile with a double-bed and curtains fitted in the back as well as a washbasin between the front seats.
Savile told a radio documentary in 1986 that he had created his long-running Radio 1 programme "Savile's Travels" so he could "carry on with my lifestyle of travelling around" in a motorhome.
At least one woman has come forward to say she was attacked by Savile while he was working on the programme and some have claimed abuse took place inside another of his mobile homes.
The Range Rover, which is being sold by a dealer in Milton Keynes, has now had the bed and basin removed and the number plate changed.
"The owner is devastated, he's a collector of Range Rovers and he bought it in all good faith," the dealer said.
"I've hidden it and changed the number plate because a bloke said he would burn it if he found it."
He said pictures of the Range Rover had been posted online with superimposed images of a woman handcuffed in the back.
"Someone called and wanted to hire it to pose in. I think they're a bit sick," he said.
The car was put up for auction in February by classic car auctioneers Historics at Brooklands, but failed to sell.
Online listings stated it was first registered to Savile's home address "just outside the walls of Broadmoor Hospital".
It said the current owner "believes that this Range Rover spent much of its time parked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital".
The Department of Health is now investigating Savile's access and activities in both establishments.
The dealer trying to sell the car had recently listed it online for £12,995, making no mention of Jimmy Savile, but even that advert has now been deleted.
"If you want to pay me £10,000 and drive it away, you can have it," he offered.
"I just don't want to get involved with it anymore."
Sky News revealed last week that a scrap dealer who bought Savile's Rolls Royce "on a whim" at a charity auction in July stands to lose £90,000 after its value plummeted.
He also asked for his name to be kept secret after saying he had never driven it, wanted nothing more to do with it, and dare not tell his wife what he had done.