Driven recently by LRO’s James Taylor, YVB 151H is a gloriously restored 1970 two-door Range Rover Classic that still sits on its original chassis no. 35500001A. After the seven pre-production models, this is the very first of the pre-production Range Rovers – although it wasn't the first to roll off the production line. That was a Tuscan Blue example, chassis no. 3, registered YVB 153H, as chosen by then marketing and publicity manager Bill Beresford.
Despite concerns that the new owner would be based outside the UK, and the vehicle would be exported, a spokesman for Silverstone Auctions has confirmed to LRO that the winning bidder, who wishes to remain anonymous, is based in the UK. His online bid of £115,000 becomes £132,250 once the buyer’s premium has been added, and it's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a Range Rover Classic. It's certainly considerably more than some recent high-profile Velar sales.
Nevertheless, many experts had expected it to fetch more. Among them was Range Rover Classic afficionado Chris Bishop of Land Rover Specialist Bishops 4x4: 'It could easily have had bidders from the Middle East going ballistic over it,' he told LRO today, 'but to be honest I think the price it reached is a fair representation of where the market is today.'