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Guy Ritchie shares 'Snatch' history featuring Sting's Land Rover in a starring role

Guy Ritchie recently shared some behind-the-scenes images from the making of “Snatch” with Land Rover

Photo on screen courtesy of Guy Ritchie, Twitter

Land Rover is celebrating 50 years of Range Rover history this year. To celebrate, they're using the #RangeRoverMemories hashtag and encouraging owners to share their own memories of life with their Rover. They've also released the new Range Rover Fifty, a limited edition model that features the heritage paint job of the buyer's choosing and special model details.

A recent Twitter post by the company showed off three photos from the set of the movie "Snatch" featuring Guy Ritchie, Jason Statham, and a Land Rover. But, that's not just any Land Rover. It's Sting's. Yes, the Sting.

According to BestMovieCars.com, the Range Rover in "Snatch" is a 1982 Land Rover Range Rover. It's a four-door version - something that wasn't available until 1981 when the company first introduced the model in the variant. The four-door received a face lift in 1986.

The '82 had a 100-inch wheelbase and a suspension that was lowered by 20 mm in 1980 to aid in preventing body roll. It was powered by a detuned 135-horsepower V8 engine.

In the Guy Ritchie-directed movie, Jason Statham plays Turkish, a boxing promoter and slot machine shop operator. He stars alongside Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Jason Flemyng, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, ad Race Sherbedgia who play a wide range of characters from a memorable Irish Traveller (Pitt) to an American gangster slash jeweler (Farina).

The Range Rover plays a starring role in the "Snatch" scene where the audience is first introduced to Pitt's character. You can see the scene below, but note the propensity of the characters for using the “F-word” (over 160 times in the entirety of the film) before you press play.

The Pikey Caravan - Snatch (1/8) Movie CLIP (2000) HD www.youtube.com

While it’s not immediately clear how Ritchie got Sting to lend him his Range Rover for the movie it is known that the two are close friends. In 1998 it was Sting and Mrs. Sting (Trudy Styler) who introduced Ritchie to his future wife - Madonna.

Additionally, Styler is a big fan of Ritchie’s. She leant her star power and influence to Ritchie helping To get “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels“ made.

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Heritage Customs offers a bespoke take on the vintage Land Rover Defender.

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The Land Rover Defender's body style is iconic. The most desirable boxy, utilitarian Defenders are two generations old, right before the Defender mutated into a model that looked like an old version bred with a London's black cab. It's these models that create the basis for the new Heritage Customs handcrafted luxury take on the Defender, called the Vintage.

Heritage Customs was co-founded by car designer Niels van Roij, who recently described the customization process:

"This likeable Dutch Vintage commission features a rich, soft green metallic paint. It feels right at home next to the Heather flowers in the forest as well as on the pebble stones next to the patron's striking monumental villa. For this Heritage Customs Vintage we selected our bespoke milled aluminium side- and bonnet vents whilst non-automotive tan Nubuck leather was applied to trim the seats, dashboard as well as rear benches."

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Each auto has a teak wooden cargo floor with white rubber inlays, There's a Marshall speaker integrated into the cubby box. A hand-stitched tan canvas hood complements the interior color scheme while a wooden steering wheel replaces the traditional standard plastic unit. The SUV's center stack has been color-coded to the body and has metal switchgear on its fascia.

Distinctive aluminum details and color-coded extra wide steel wheels create a hardier looking luxury SUV in the example shown. A section of Heritage Customs-specific wheels are available.

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

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Customers are also able to select the bumper design of their choosing, whether it's a simple, clean unit or one of the custom made bumpers and side steps that Heritage Customs Vintage offers.

LED lights on all four corners complete the package.

The price of a Heritage Customs Vintage SUV start at €40,000, excluding taxes, depending on the preferred base vehicle and individual customer requirements. All Heritage Customs projects are 100-percent tailor-made and start out with sketches, based on conversations with the future owners.

The design and construction process takes about 1.5 months. Watch the video below to see how the undertaking occurs.

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