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Fancy bidding on Rowan Atkinson’s Land Rover Defender Heritage Edition?

It's done 3,800 miles and could fetch £100k. Breakdown truck not included

Published: 29 Jan 2024

Rowan Atkinson is a national treasure to us Brits; he’s not only smack-your-knees-laughing funny, but he's also a serial car nut having owned everything from McLaren F1s and Lancia Delta Integrales to Land Rover Defenders. And now, he’s selling the latter through Iconic Auctioneers.

The car in question is a one-of-400 Defender 110 Heritage Edition model with just 3,800 miles covered and a pre-auction guide price of between £65k and £80k. This could climb as high as six figures once the buyer’s premium, VAT, and all the other palavers are factored in.

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Let’s start with the paint: pristine Grasmere Green on the body and an Alaskan White roof. Up front is a bespoke ‘Heritage’ grille, which sits between the traditional spherical headlights and encompassing square box design. It’s very retro, and - in our experience of old Defenders - sure to break down when exposed to any sort of driving. Even to the supermarket.

Other notable exterior design traits include the silver front bumper and black end cap combo, while clear indicator lenses, silver door hinges, and aluminium-style badging do well to recapture the mid-twentieth-century design language.

Likewise, the cabin’s immaculate quality means there’s plenty to sit and admire by the side of the road. That includes a perforated leather steering wheel and gear lever, and aluminium trim along the air vents, door handles, and locks.

The interior is also finished in Almond Resolve cloth and features a padded cubbyhole between the front two seats. Lovely.

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Rowan has also updated the car with a few modernities, including a factory-spec tow-bar, air conditioning unit, and several other electronic upgrades.

The ad also states the car has been fitted with a new alarm too, but we can’t understand why: if someone does manage to get in, it’s not like they’d be able to go anywhere.

Anyway, this bucket of fine materials is valued pretty reasonably for what you’re getting in return. You may even get to meet Rowan, which in itself is surely worth the guide price, right?

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