First ever Range Rover, chassis number #001, going under the hammer

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 11, 2014

If you are a fan of Range Rover vehicles you will be happy to know that the first ever model with the chassis number #001 will be auction at The Salon Prive Sale. The auction will take place on September 4th in London and the first ever Range Rover is expected to fetch between 100,000 to 140,000.

According to the press release, the car was built between 24th November and 17th December 1969 and was registered on 2nd January 1970. This means that the vehicle was actually registered six months before the official launch date of the Range Rover and the first owner was Michael Furlong a.k.a. the producer of two promotional films for the model.

In 1975, the vehicle received a new Bahama Gold color as well as a new owner and the model was lost, passing through another owner until it was discovered by the current vendor in the early 1990s.

The current seller restored the vehicle for six years and took it back to its original Olive Green colour. What’s more interesting is that the vehicle retained all the matching number components, chassis, engine, gearbox and axles but also the original aluminum bonnet and the body shell.

In 1997 the DVLA reissued #001 with its original registration number ‘YVB 151H’.

Speaking on the sale of this historical car, Nick Whale, Managing Director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to offer this iconic British model for auction at the UK’s finest concours event. These cars are incredibly popular and we expect a significant amount of interest when it goes under the hammer.” [source: Silverstone Auctions]

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