First Range Rover to make $235,500 at Silverstone Auctions?

The first Range Rover ever made is to auction with a £100,000-140,000 ($168,296-235,615) estimate at Silverstone Auctions' Salon Prive sale in London on September 4.

The Range Rover entered production in 1970 and swiftly became one of the most popular cars in the world.

Range Rover Silverstone
The lot was formerly displayed in the Huddersfield Land Rover Centre

It was designed to bridge the gap between the strictly utilitarian Land Rover and the Rover Saloon.

The lot, chassis number 001, was the first to roll of the production line and is one of six pre-production models manufactured in late 1969.

Its first owner was the director of a promotional film for the model. A couple of years later the car was sold on and disappeared from record after a new number plate was fitted.

The present owner has carried out an extensive restoration on the model and it has since been photographed for a series of publications.

Silverstone commented: "Having owned this iconic motor car for nearly a quarter of a century the vendor has decided it is time to pass the responsibility of owning YVB 151H to a new custodian.

"The sympathetic and meticulous restoration has proudly stood the test of time making #001 - with what we strongly believe is an attractive guide price - a hugely significant motor car worthy of serious consideration."

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