Four vehicles that formed part of a unique collection of ex-SAS Land Rovers sold for a combined £179,000 at a recent auction.
The Bonhams MPH auction took place on September 26 and included a trio of hot Renault hatch backs, 12 popular classics and the Elite Collection of ex-SAS military Land Rovers.
They included a 1968 Land Rover Series IIa 109 Pink Panther which was originally advertised with a guide price of £65,000 to £75,000; a 1968 Land Rover Series IIa 109 Pink Panther, which is the only restored green ‘pinkie’ in the UK with the same guide price; a 1985 Land Rover Defender 110 V8 SOV Truck Utility SAS which had a guide price of £80,000 to £100,000; and a 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 V8 SOV Truck Utility SAS with the same guide price.
According to information on the Bonhams MPH website, the 1968 Series IIa Pink Panther sold for £47,250 including premium; the 1968 green ‘pinkie’ for £34,333 including premium; the 1985 110 V8 for £48,375 including premium and the 1993 110 V8 for £49,500 including premium.
A rare media Land Rover that was built for Reuters news reporters in 1990 and fitted with a 3.5-litre V8 engine and five speed manual gearbox fetched £19,125 including premium. Having seen active service in Afghanistan, a ‘sister’ vehicle is in the Imperial War Museum with extensive war damage.
Designed and fitted with air conditioning, radios, communications unit and with special stowage for films and cameras, the Defender sports fully bullet proof doors, windows and body. The window glass was replaced at a cost of £8,000 in recent years.