Along with Â£ 6,000 Nike sneakers and a Â£ 32,000 handbag, auctioneer RM Sotheby’s recently sold a Series III replica that features in the trailers for the upcoming Bond film, ” No Time To Die “. Estimated between Â£ 20,000 and Â£ 25,000, the restored Land Rover unexpectedly reached Â£ 55,200 plus expenses – an unusually high sum for a Series III.
The ‘Bond Edition’ SIII is an 88-inch 2.25-liter petrol ragtop in navy blue with a hood-mounted spare wheel and black wheel arches, prepared by the classic Land Rover specialist based in Yorkshire, John Brown 4×4. ‘Restored to premium condition’ on a galvanized chassis and fitted with overdrive, seat belt rail, Evander steering wheel by Exmoor Trim, side-facing rear seats and black wheel arches, the Land Rover looks like the one in which Daniel Craig is seen driving behind the scenes footage shot on set in Jamaica (watch it below). The Bond Edition Series III is one of a limited series that are made to order, and approximately 25 have been built to date.
What makes this Series III so special?
âWe were eager to go all out and deliver the best specs yet,â says John Brown, owner of John Brown 4×4. âThis vehicle was recently rebuilt on a new galvanized chassis, and we were tasked with providing this vehicle with a complete overhaul and body transformation. We replaced a fairly significant part of the body with new parts and even spent some new caps. The underside has received many hours of attention, replacing perfectly good shocks with new ones to give that crisp rebuilding finish one would expect from a John Brown 4×4 Sotheby’s collaboration.
âIn light of the pandemic causing the delay in the release of No Time to Die, we had the opportunity to meet demand and produce a number of vehicles for customers who had previously seen them produced by us. .
John Brown 4×4 efforts unearthed buyer with Â£ 55,000
The customer decides
Although these are replicas, customers were able to tailor the specs to their liking – after all, we only get a fleeting glimpse of the Series III in the trailers, so some details about it are missing. still known. âAll of the vehicles varied a bit in terms of specs because they were customized on a customer-by-customer basis,â says John, âso anyone who asked for an overdrive or a galvanized chassis could do that. We’ve also had orders for more bespoke interiors and upgraded steering wheels, sound systems, etc.
John Brown 4×4 has no plans to send any other Bond Edition Series IIIs up for auction at Sotheby’s, but is considering another collaboration with the auction house in the coming months.
What else do we know about the Land Rovers in No Time To Die?
The next Bond film is going to be a bit of a Land Rover festival, we’re happy to say that. Released at the end of this month in the UK (early October if you’re in the US), No Time To Die features some dramatic off-road action involving L663 Defender 110s (some of the first to be built, in fact), Range Rover Sport SVR, this Series III and a Range Rover Classic for good measure.