Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Original Range Rover up for Auction

rr1.jpg
rr2.jpg
rr3.jpg

Since they first launched themselves upon the hills and plains of Britain in 1970, Range Rovers have changed somewhat - namely the clientèle who drive it. But farms, rappers and footballers alike will all be wanting to find room some room on their drives - the original Range Rover, chassis number #001, is set to go up for auction.

From production line to auction block, the story of the #001 would rival the average Pixar film (think Finding Nemo meets Cars). Built in the winter of 1969, the first owner of the #001 resprayed its classic Olive Green bodywork a questionable shade of Bahama Gold and swapped its all-important registration plate ('YVB 151H') for a personalised sequence. After swapping hands several times in the 70s and 80s (a farmer did own it at one point), the whereabouts of the #001 was lost.

Skip forward to the early 90s and a chance phone call to the current owner - a keen Range Rover fan - resulted in him purchasing an 'old model' that turned out to be the old model. After six years of restoration work, the #001 was returned to its former glory, complete with the reinstatement of its first number plate. Far from a box of new parts and replaced panels, it still boasts its original chassis, 8-cylinder engine, gearbox, bonnet, body shell and axles.

Anyone hoping to buy themselves a slice of automotive history should attend the Salon Privé sale at Syon House, London on 4 September. Only the footballers and rappers amongst you should hope of bagging the #001 though - it's expected to fetch in the region of £100,000 to £140,000.

(Images: Silverstone Auctions)

[Via: Autocar]

Related

breaking-bad-hero.jpg

Breaking Bad props up for auction

elenaor.jpg

1967 Ford Mustang GT500 'Eleanor' Up For Auction

ferrari1.jpg

Steve McQueen's Ferrari headed to auction

ferrari2.jpg

£31m Ferrari Goes Up For Auction

jag2.jpg

Jaguar's 'new' lightweight E-Type

supermancomic1.jpg

Original Superman Comic On Sale For £1.5m

Comments

More

Watch Bradley Lowery’s classmates come together to sing for him

We're not crying, you're crying

by Tom Victor
23 Jun 2017

Science finds that couples that spoon have a better relationship

Wonder what this means for duvet hogs...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Boys with older dads are more likely to be geeks, study shows

Now you know who to thank/blame

by Dave Fawbert
23 Jun 2017

You can now buy IKEA furniture on Amazon Prime

This is big

by Gary Ogden
23 Jun 2017

David Dimbleby kicked someone off 'Question Time' for being rowdy

Rock 'n' roll politics

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May for first time in PM poll

Everything's coming up Corbyn

by Alex Finnis
23 Jun 2017

Some people aren't happy about Grenfell Tower survivors' new homes

Residents lost their homes just last week

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Boys turn up to school dressed in skirts to protest shorts ban

That's one way to do it

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

The Daily Mail is hilariously losing its rag over a Guardian cartoon

They've gone full breakdown

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017

Similar cladding to Grenfell Tower being used on 600 other high rises

Sadiq Khan has called for all of it to be removed

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017