Here's your chance to own a piece of James Bond movie history.
The new James Bond film 'No Time to Die' is going to be a must-watch for gearheads. Five Aston Martins will feature in the spy film, including the DBS Superleggera, the V8 Vantage from 'The Living Daylights', and of course the classic DB5, which has been upgraded with headlight-mounted guns for its appearance in the film's opening car chase set in Matera, Italy.
The new Land Rover Defender will also play a major role in the film. Sadly, we won't get to see all this automotive action on the big screen until later this year because the theatrical release of 'No Time to Die' has been pushed back to November . All is not lost, however, because another James Bond Land Rover Defender is heading to auction.
This month, Silverstone Auctions will be auctioning off one of the heavily customized Land Rover Defender 110s used in the 2015 James Bond film 'Spectre' that featured in the film's spectacular snow chase. For the film, Bowler transformed ten standard crew-cab 110s into the SVX Concept or Spectre Defender. Each example featured massive 37-inch tires, heavy-duty roll cages, and toughened suspensions with rose joints and Bilstein rally dampers. A hydraulic handbrake and Recaro seats were also installed, while the engine was tuned to produce 180 horsepower. Three 'halo' cars were used for close-up shots while the rest were damaged in the chase scene.
Two versions of the SVX Concept were built for the film. One was designed for high-speed road use, while the others were designed for the snow chase including this specific example that's looking for a new owner.
Out of the original ten cars, three were destroyed during filming, making this one of only seven examples left in the world. This surviving Spectre Defender was used for drive-by filming and wasn't damaged. Given the off-roader's rarity and connection to the popular James Bond franchise, we wouldn't be surprised if it fetches a six-figure sum when it goes under the hammer this month.
"This is a very special opportunity for someone to own a piece of Bond film history. The rarity of these means they don't come to market that often," said Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director. "Anything from the Bond franchise attracts worldwide interest and this Land Rover is almost as it was from the day it left the film set. It will need registering if you wish to use it on the road and it comes with a file of correspondence including details of when and where the car was to be used in the film. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed."