'YVB 151H' is the first production Range Rover
It was built in late 1969 and registered on 2 January 1970
It has been substantially restored and resprayed in its original colour
The Range Rover is a matching numbers car
The car will be sold at auction on 4 September
It's expected to sell for between £100k-£140k
The iconic SUV was powered by a 3.5-litre V8
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, says he expects significant interest in the car
The car will be part of the Salon Privé Sale
Development of the original Range Rover was spearheaded by Charles Spencer King
The first production Range Rover will be offered to buyers at an auction in London on 4 September.
Estimates suggest that the Range Rover, which established the market for luxury 4x4s and is now an iconic British car, will sell for between £100k-£140k.
The Range Rover, which carries the chassis number #001, was built in late 1969 and registered on 2 January 1970.
Michael Furlong, who produced promotional films for the Range Rover, was the first owner. By 1975 the car had changed hands and been resprayed Bahama Gold, another official colour.
Further registration plate, colour and owner changes meant that the car was 'lost' for several years, until it was identified again in the early Nineties.
The 3.5-litre V8-engined Range Rover was then the subject of a professional ground-up restoration, which resulted in the car being returned to its original condition – including a respray in its factory Olive Green colour.
Despite the Range Rover's age it has retained its original chassis, engine, gearbox, axles, shell and reputedly its original aluminium bonnet. Its condition, and matching-numbers status, serve to further increase both its appeal and potential value.
The Range Rover – which bears the registration plate 'YVB 151H' – will take part in the Salon Privé sale, hosted in partnership with Silverstone Auctions, in London on September 4th.
Nick Whale, managing director of 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.”
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