Unique Land Rover Defender sold for record £400,000

Lou Diamond

Lou Diamond

2015-12-17 14:49:30

A unique Land Rover Defender has sold for a world record price of £400,000 at Bonhams.

The vehicle was the two-millionth model produced by the British company since 1948, and is believed to me the most valuable production Land Rover ever sold.

The landmark vehicle was assembled in May 2015 by a host of famous names at the company's U.K plant in Solihull, including survivalist Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna OBE and Stephen and Nick Wilks, sons of the founders of Land Rover.

It was auctioned by Bonhams to raise funds two humanitarian and conservation charities, with which Land Rover has worked for decades on projects around the world.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will use the donation to help communities in South-East Nepal to improve how they tackle natural disasters, and the Born Free Foundation plans to use the funds to support the 'Project Lion Rover' wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, Kenya.

"We are extremely grateful to Land Rover for so generously donating half the proceeds of the sale of this one-off vehicle towards our work in Nepal," said Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of The British Red Cross.

"The Red Cross has used Defenders in humanitarian work and relief efforts in the UK and around the world since the early 1950s and has benefited from Land Rover's support on many occasions through vehicle donations and loans."

"To raise such a substantial amount with the sale of one vehicle is phenomenal," commented Joanna Lumley, Founder Patron of the Born Free Foundation. "Without the support of the public and partners such as Land Rover, we would not be able to effectively make a positive change to the world as we know it."

"Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to turn a milestone Land Rover into a true collector's car," said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations. "With the expert help of my SVO team and a handful of willing Land Rover ambassadors, we created something unique and very special. Tonight's sale will go down as part of our history."


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