2 millionth Land Rover to be auctioned for charity on 16th December by Bonhams in London
Though its future has been killed off by the EU’s emissions legislation, the Land Rover Defender will forever remain one of the most iconic vehicles ever made. Now, one of the vehicles produced to mark its demise – the 2 millionth Series Land Rover and Defender model produced at Solihull since 1948 – is to be auctioned for charity on 16th December.
Offered by Bonhams at a single lot sale at their New Bond Street auction house, the car – registration S90 HUE in reference to the first pre-production Land Rover, HUE 166, its home in Solihull and this car’s 90-inch wheelbase – is unique in that it was constructed by 33 notable figures from Land Rover’s past and present. Amongst those to participate were the adventurer Bear Grylls, who fitted the wheels, whilst the Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis fitted the rear seats and lights and the actress Virginia McKenna fitted the registration plates.
Unique features include no. 2 million badges on the rear of the vehicle, on the interior console and stitched into the headrests and an engraved map of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey on the car’s front fender in homage to the birthplace of the Land Rover. It is finished in Indus Silver satin paint with Santorini Black wheel and wheel arches, roof, door hinges, grille and mirror caps.
Proceeds from the sale will be donated in their entirety to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Born Free Foundation. The car is offered with no reserve and no buyer’s premium will be charged on the hammer price.
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