The first ever Range Rover to be driven off the production line is going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé sale next month.
Chassis #001 was the first production Range Rover to be built, and finished in Olive Green – a colour which was discontinued before it was even offered, meaning very few were made.
The first owner was the producer of two Range Rover promotion films, Micheal Furlong.
Before Furlong took delivery the Range Rover was repainted in Bahama Gold, and a textured dash was fitted to replace the smooth prototype one originally fitted.
This historic Range Rover passed through a number of owners over the following years, and a number of plate changes meant its lost its original Croydon registration (intended to disguise the identity of early ‘Velar’ prototypes).
It was rediscovered in the early 1990s when it was bought by Land Rover Centre Huddersfield, triggering a six-year nut and bolt restoration before the DVLA re-issued its original YVB registration.
The company, which has recently been hit by a disastrous fire destroying a number of its rare Land Rovers, is now selling the Range Rover it’s owned for 23 years.
With values of classic Range Rovers on the up, this extremely desirable example is expected to make over £100,000.