The first ever Range Rover production model is to be sold at auction at the beginning of September 2014. The event will take place through Silverstone Auctions at London's Salon Privé, and the model will be sold by Land Rover Centre founder Peter Garside.
The first Range Rover vehicle to be completed was chassis number three, YVB 153H. This model is currently owned and displayed by the Heritage Motor Centre. Chassis number one - YVB 151H - has been residing at the Land Rover Centre in Huddersfield. It underwent a meticulous restoration process over the course of six years, and has been on display at the Huddersfield showroom since the early 1990s.
The process of restoration was made possible by the exact parts remaining available on the then-current market - it is thought that such a restoration would be impossible today. The first production model still drives with an original engine, chassis, gearbox, and aluminium bonnet.
The current record paid for a collector's Range Rover is £80,000. This Range Rover production model is estimated to sell for a minimum of £120,000, but the historical significance of this auction is likely to raise the price well above the estimate.
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