Mint Royal Range Rover meets pleasingly scruffy Series II at Bonhams

William and Kate’s pristine Range Rover is up for auction alongside more humble but no less historic Land Rovers

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Range Rover for auction at Bonhams

by Theo Ford-Sagers |

A Range Rover owned by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary yesterday) is being auctioned on 22 May, with an estimate of £30,000-£40,000. That’s less than a bog-standard Defender 90, which starts at £44,895.

Update: The Royal Range Rover sold for £50,625 including premium, showing again that vehicles with a unique provenance often have the potential to far exceed expectations at auction.

First registered in 2013, the SDV8 Vogue SE model has a mere 38,420 miles on the clock, and wears registration OY13 TBU. It even has some of its extended Land Rover warranty remaining (until July 2021) and is entitled to a free service this year at JLR in Slough.

Plug the numberplate into the DVLA’s database and it draws a blank – mysterious! According to Bonhams, this is a rare example of an ex-royal household Range Rover that has kept its registration number, whereas most are given new plates once sold to the public.

The top-of-the-range L405 is finished in Baltic Blue, trimmed in Almond and Espresso leather, and comes with goodies such as a chilled drinks cabinet, electrically deployable tow bar, remote park heating, high-end Meridian sound system and panoramic roof.

And now for something completely different

Other highlights of the sale include a ragtop 1959 Series II (estimated at £6-10k) that has been in the same family’s ownership for 59 years, covering under 22k miles. Apparently it needs a bit of work but seems to be oozing character. We've seen a few Series Land Rovers under-perform at auction lately, but impressive prices are still being paid.

Series II Land Rover for auction
Razor-edge bonnet, deep side-skirts, SII hinges, a few dings... proper!

There’s also a 1987 One Ten V8 fire tender in need of an MoT (estimated at £10-15k) and a top-spec 2010 supercharged Range Rover L322 Autobiography (estimated at £12-16k). Or for something even more different… how about a 1963 Austin Gypsy fire truck (estimated at £8-12k)?

Update: The One Ten fire tender was unsold, and the L322 sold for £13,500 including premium.

The auction is being arranged by Bonhams MPH (the auctioneer’s motoring arm) on 22 May at Bicester Heritage. Find the full catalogue here.

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