Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s Series One Land Rover is coming up for auction and is expected to make between £50,000 and £60,000 when it goes under the hammer this autumn.
One of the world’s most famous Land Rover owners, the famous 1954 Series One of Winston Churchill is registered UKE 80. Possibly apochryphally, the Kent registration is said by some to represent ‘United Kingdom and Empire’, while ‘80’ signifies Sir Winston’s age at the time of acquiring the Land Rover.
Used on Churchil’s Chartwell Estate, special modifications were made to the vehicle to allow the elderly statesman a modicum of comfort in the spartan soft-top and these include a special, deeply upholstered seat and adjustable arm rest. In exceptionally original, ‘barn-find’ condition, the original, paint, trim and lights are still present. The mileage is believed correct from new at just 12,932 miles and the rock-solid provenance traces just three owners including Sir Winston. Incredibly, the Land Rover has never been out Kent passing, on Churchill’s death in 1965, to Churchill’s son-in-law the Rt Hon AC Soames of Tonbridge Wells and in 1977 to the present Kent-based, owner.
Auctioneers Cheffins of Cambridge will include the Land Rover in their 20th October Vintage Auction, held at Sutton Near Ely, Cambridgeshire. Further details can be obtained from Jeremy Curzon on 01223 213777
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