AGENCIES, London: With the market for memorabilia breaking records all over the world, it’s not often one can lay their hands on working props from popular movies. In 2015, the 24th James Bond film was presented to the world featuring a world-class car chase involving a Land Rover Defender.
The said car was not a series production car, rather it was meticulously tailored one for its high intensity role. Eon Productions commissioned 10 special 110 Defender models purchased from Land Rover and with the help of Bowler Motorsport, a specialist Land Rover modifier, they were converted into the ultimate getaway cars.
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.
For collectors of special cars and Hollywood memorabilia, there’s an opportunity to actually own a Land Rover Defender used in the James Bond Film, Spectre. The SUV is up for sales in Silverstone Auctions Live Online sale on the 23rd May.
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.
April 30 also happens to be 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.
Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director said: “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.
The Spectre Land Rover is one of thirteen cars being offered from a collection of extremely high-quality cars with their own unique story.