First ever Range Rover up for auction

11 Aug, 2014 1:04pm Jonathan Burn

Range Rover with chassis number 001 estimated to sell for £140,000 when sold at auction

The Range Rover has been in production for over 45 years now, but the first ever model to roll off the production line is going up for auction.

Chassis number 001, will be going under the hammer at The Salon Privé Sale in September and is estimated to fetch around £140,000.

This particular model was built between 24 November and 17 December 1969, almost six months before the official launch date of the Range Rover. The car’s first owner was Michael Furlong, who was also responsible for creating two promotional films about the car.

Due to registration alterations and a re-spray, chassis number 001 was lost for a number of years. Having passed form owner to owner, the model was ‘rediscovered’ by its current owner in the 1990s. The vehicle was then fully resorted over a six-year period and repainted back to its original Olive Green finish.

Despite its patchy history, this initial model is still in possession of its original engine, gearbox, axles, chassis and aluminium bonnet. Early estimations reveal the car could sell for between £100,000 to £140,000.

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