Lot 167 - 2001 Land Rover Defender 110 'Tomb Raider' Special Vehicles Pre-production Model
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,560|
'Tomb Raider', styled as 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider', is a media franchise that originated with an action-adventure video game series focusing on the archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft who travels the globe searching for lost artifacts and infiltrating dangerous tombs and ruins.
A large selection of additional media has grown up around the video game series, most notably a 2001 film adaptation featuring Angelina Jolie in the title role. In the first film, she teams up with Land Rover to penetrate the Cambodian jungle and defeat the forces of greed.
The film, rather like Angelina Jolie herself, was a massive hit and the Land Rovers themselves also became something of a cult icon. As a result, Land Rover took a standard double-cab 110 Defender off the production line and gave it to their 'Special Vehicles Department'. With over £7,000 worth of additional equipment and some custom paintwork, the Limited Edition Tomb Raider Land Rover was born, as confirmed in a supporting email. This can be further authenticated by the fact that the bulkhead inside the engine bay is still dark green, left over from the example they 'borrowed' from the original production line. A further 100 units of the 110" Defender and 100 of the 90" Defender were subsequently built and sold. This original pre-production example (1 of 2) however, has been lost in the mists of time. Until now.
Painted dark metallic grey with special badging and details, the Tomb Raider came equipped with a roof-rack, additional spot lights, front and rear remote winches, bull-bars and snorkel as well as uprated shock absorbers and springs, privacy glass and a category 1 alarm/immobiliser & tracker. This, the very first Tomb Raider, also has upgraded quilted leather seating, air-conditioning and the exclusive Tomb Raider plaque.
"It goes where others stop, it goes where most wouldn't even look and its equipped with everything you could possibly throw at it." - Land Rover UK
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