The first ever Range Rover to come out of the factory doors back in 1969 is to be auctioned at Salon Privé, London, September 4th. Hosted by Silverstone Auctions.
The Range Rover was registered 6 months before the model officially went on sale. It belonged to Michael Furlong, the man responsible for Range Rover’s early promotional videos.
The vehicle bears the chassis number #001 but due to undergoing a colour change by 1975, to Bahama Gold, the vehicle went under the radar until the early 1990’s.
It is expected to sell for between £100,000 to £140,000 and has undergone a 6 month restoration. Restorations include being resprayed to its factory Olive Green colour. It even has its original, aluminium, bonnet, and license plate number. Even its original Buick-esque ,3.5 litre, 135HP, V8, is still present.
Nick Whale, Managing Director at Silverstone Auctions, comments:
“It’s wonderful to be able to offer this iconic British model for auction at the U.K.’s finest concours event…and we expect a significant amount of interest when it goes under the hammer.”
Images courtesy of motorauthority.com