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First production Range Rover fetches £130k at Silverstone

The very first Range Rover to roll off the production line went under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ 4 September Salon Prive Sale. It sold for a whopping £132,250 – that’s around £40k more than you’d pay for a brand new, latest generation Range Rover.

Range Rover #001 left the factory on 2 January 1970, five and a half months before the iconic model’s June launch date. A change of colour, and registration plate switches meant the identity of this landmark vehicle was hidden until the early 1990s. Once discovered, it was subjected to a ground-up restoration and its paintwork was restored to its original olive green.

Other rare motors snapped up at the Silverstone sale included a genuine 1956 Austin Healey Factory 100M Le Mans Roadster, which achieved £149,500, and 1951 Jowett Jupiter Special, once owned by John Surtees. Selling for Â£38,525, the latter model exceeded its lower sales estimate by more than £10k.

But the highest price of the day went to a 1971 Ferrari GT4/S Daytona Spyder. One of only 122 produced, this car had three previous owners and has covered only 3,700 miles – it’s still shod with the original tyres. The sale price was a massive £2,277,000, more than £500,000 above its lower estimate.

Porsche 911s continued their strong showing at the sale too, with a 1993 Targa S commanding £195,500 - more than £80k above its lower estimate. 

By Claire Evans

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