Sir Winston Churchill's Land Rover has sold at a Cambridgeshire auction near Ely for £129,000, more than double the price estimated before the sale. It has been bought by a private buyer.
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.
The Land Rover built for Winston Churchill's 80th birthday was expected to fetch up to £60,000 has sold at auction in Cambridgeshire for £129,000, more than twice its estimate.
Auctioneers Cheffins of Cambridge included the Land Rover in their 20th October Vintage Auction, held at Sutton Near Ely, Cambridgeshire. Cheffins auctioneers said the vehicle, which had 12,932 miles (20,812km) on the clock, was the most expensive item in its auction of more than 2,000 vintage vehicles. More information at www.cheffins.co.uk click here for Cheffins of Cambridge