A 64-YEAR-OLD Land Rover sold for THOUSANDS at a recent auction.

Charterhouse hosted the event, an auction of classic and vintage cars, on Sunday (February 9), at the Royal Bath & West Showground, near Shepton Mallet.

And the meticulously restored Land Rover was among the highlights - selling for a whopping £17,000.

“It was easy to see why it was well admired during the viewing day,” said Matthew Whitney, from Charterhouse.

“It underwent a meticulous restoration programme which resulted in the 64-year-old Landy looking better than when it rolled off the production line.”

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Finished in bronze green and with original military specification split-rim wheels it is now ready for another half century of service, he said.

With this being a Series I Land Rover it is the eldest relation to the newly unveiled Land Rover Defender.

However, whereas the new Defender will come with many items as standard, the 1956 model sold by Charterhouse was a no-frills basic utility vehicle. The equivalent entry level new Land Rover Defender has a starting price of just over £43,000.

Whether the new Defender will be a classic like the Series in years to come, only time will tell.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their busy programme of auctions including classic and vintage cars in April, a two day collectors auction of medals, coins, model cars, trains, toys, dolls & stamps, running on March 5 and 6, with Asian Art, pictures and sporting items on April 2 and 3.

For more information, contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse on 01935 812277, or email info@charterhouse-auction.com.

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