Lot 258 - 2002 12964 Defender 110 TDS County, Ex-Sandringham Estate
|Odometer reading||35,330 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,240|
Historics have an enviable track record for bringing motorcars with desirable Royal and ministerial connections to market. 2011 saw Sir Winston Churchill's state Daimler presented, with the Queen's Series III Land Rover in November 2012. As recently as August last year, to huge public and media interest, Her Majesty's Daimler was auctioned at a level considerably above the top estimate. There are few of these socially important cars available and with Queen Elizabeth now beginning to step back from public life, there will be fewer still.
This vehicle was previously owned by the Queen's Estate at Sandringham and was used there by shooting parties frequented by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles. The Estate Manager confirms that they had performed full servicing and maintenance and was quoted saying that it was unusual for vehicles to be purchased by the estate as they tended to lease their Land Rovers and hand them back a few years later; making this example extremely rare. The vendor has spoken to the engineer in 2008 who serviced the vehicle at the estate who also confirmed that it had indeed been owned by Sandringham. Towards the end of its time there, the vehicle was rolled during a shooting event. Damage to the front wing and paintwork resulted and the car was discreetly sold on. This Land Rover is a special version as it was customised for the Queen with heated seats, slightly raised suspension, electric windows and a specialist body colour. A Sandringham shooting map and shot gun cartridges were found in the glove compartment. The restoration of this vehicle was performed by a Land Rover specialist and the story of its restoration was the subject of an article for Land Rover International Magazine in August 2010. Steve Hill Land Rover in Bristol described its current condition as pristine. We are inclined to agree.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.