The perfect year-round vehicle? Rare Range Rover convertible up for auction

Can’t wait to get your hands on a new Range Rover Evoque convertible? A rare 1973 soft-top Range Rover is set to go under the hammer next month – with bidding expected to reach around £40,000.

Unlike the Evoque, the classic Range Rover was never offered as a convertible from the factory. This example is believed to have been converted by Special Vehicle Conversions in the early 80s, before being won by the previous owner in a card game.

It spent the next 20 years in a lock-up, before being discovered in 2014 and treated to a £20,000 nut-and-bolt restoration.

Now it’s being auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at next month’s NEC Classic Motor Show, held on 14-15 September.

Classic Car Consignor at Silverstone Auctions, Arwel Richards, said: “This classic Range Rover convertible conversion is a car worthy of the modern-day James Bond, but has a story akin to that of ‘007’ too.

“Not only does this convertible conversion have unique provenance, but it’s based on a truly superb early right-hand drive Range Rover ‘Suffix B’ and has covered a mere 62,500 miles – I doubt you’ll find one like this in the near future.”