Yesterday, Thursday 30th April, was not only the anniversary of the production version of the Land Rover being launched to the public at the Amsterdam Motor show in 1948, but it was also #WorldLandRoverDay so what could be a better time to announce this very special Bond car being offered for sale.
In 2015 the 24th James Bond film was presented to the world featuring another world-class car chase, this time involving a Land Rover Defender. Eon Productions commissioned 10 special 110 Defenders from Land Rover and with the help of Bowler Motorsport, specialist Land Rover modifiers, they converted them into the ultimate getaway cars.
Bowler Motorsport added huge 37-inch tyres, a heavy-duty roll-cage, stiffened up the suspension and among other things installed a hydraulic hand brake to spice up the action. The engine was also tuned to 180bhp.
There were two specifications of cars produced, one for the high-speed getaway road cars and the others for the snow scenes of which this is one of those.
Only seven of the ten specially produced cars now survive and this car is number 9, three were destroyed during filming, no surprise there!
Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director commented: “This is a very special opportunity for someone to own a piece of Bond film history. The rarity of these means they don’t come to market that often.”
“Anything from the Bond franchise attracts worldwide interest and this Land Rover is almost as it was from the day it left the film set. It will need registering if you wish to use it on the road and it comes with a file of correspondence including details of when and where the car was to be used in the film.”
“This is a rare opportunity not to be missed.”
The Spectre Land Rover is one of thirteen cars being offered from a collection of extremely high-quality cars with their own unique story.