And you can buy it, just be prepared to explain yourself.
With the new Land Rover Defender proving immensely popular, there has been a growing demand for classic Land Rover restorations and restomods. But this is no ordinary restoration project. Heading to auction this month is a one-off Land Rover used by the military in the 1980s. You don't normally see military Land Rovers roaming the streets, but this one is road legal, despite its assortment of add-ons.
Specifically, it's a 1984 LHD 109-inch Series 3 Land Rover Gunship. Originally, the off-roader was built in Land Rover's plant in Solihull, UK, and used by the German military. In 2010, the Land Rover Gunship was acquired by two military enthusiasts in York, UK, who created a replica SAS specification.
Its party piece is two replica machine guns (.30 and .50 caliber) made by a UK company called Crossfire. In the UK, it's legal to drive the modified military Land Rover with the guns equipped, but it goes without saying that it will attract attention wherever you drive it.
After it was kept in dry storage for several years, Land Rover restorer John Brown 4x4 purchased the Gunship in 2020. Over the next year, the Gunship was modified with new shock absorbers, brakes, a new fan belt, and a carburetor to improve the driving experience on the road.
"The military features and touches all over this Land Rover come together to create an exceptional SAS car recreation. The two dummy machine guns fitted to the car, in .30 and .50 caliber specifications, really catch your attention," said Greg Hendry, marketing manager at John Brown 4x4."
"While the car is left-hand drive owing to its military use on mainland Europe, no windscreen or roof provides the driver fantastic visibility on UK roads. The car has been professionally repaired and restored, so that the driving experience matches the car's looks," said Hendry.
"Our team has had a fantastic time working on this car. It's been a centerpiece in our showroom, where it catches the attention of every customer that comes to visit our site. We've even occasionally used this Gunship to make customer collections that bit more special. However, we've recently rearranged our showroom, and have decided to give a member of the public the opportunity to own this fantastic car. The Gunship is a thrilling drive that turns heads wherever you take it."
The one-off military Land Rover will be sold at RM Sotheby's Open Roads auction in Chobham, UK, between October 6- 13. RM Sotheby's expects the Land Rover Gunship to sell for around £10,000 - £20,000 ($13,600 - $27,200).