Silverstone 2020

Two Land Rover Defenders with two unique movie histories are up for auction

Silverstone Auctions will have this 2015 Land Rover Defender used in the movie "Spectre" cross the block in May.

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Two Land Rovers, both alike in action movie credibility. At a digital version of Silverstone Auctions, they are set to cross the block in May. Though a decade and a half apart in assembly date, one is no less desirable than the other.

2001 Land Rover Defender 90 "Tomb Raider"

2011 Land Rover Defennder 90 Tomb Raider

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The 2001 Land Rover Defender 90 is one of 250 produced to commemorate the automaker's involvement in the "Tomb Raider" movie. It's a right-hand drive model that is finished in Bonatti Grey metallic paint and features a fair amount of add-ons including special badging, roof rack, roof rack support system, spotlights, diamond-plate protection, rock sliders, winch, bull-bar, and raised air intake. It rides on Pewter Grey "Boost" alloy wheels.

The three-door 4x4 is right-hand drive. It has a manual transmission paired with a Td5 engine that yields 122 horsepower. It has a high-pressure electronic injector system, traction control, four-pin locking differentials, coil-sprung suspension, and ventilated front disc brakes.

The list of features also includes specially patterned cloth upholstery and seating for six. There is also a Pioneer audio system, recovery hooks, an off-road recovery kit, and a fire extinguisher.

Silverstone Auctions reports that over £12,000 has been invested in the model leaving it in showroom condition. The purchaser of the vehicle at auction will receive a history file on the model that includes its original service book, a wealth of related invoices, and photographic evidence of the recent overhaul. Its MOT is valid until February 2021.

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 SVX "Spectre" JB24

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 SVX "Spectre" JB24

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This Land Rover Defender is one of the few to survive the filming of James Bond flick "Spectre" without sustaining serious damage. It's one of 10 that "Spectre" director Sam Mendes ordered transformed for the movie from their usual 110 Defender setup.

Those modifications include a Santorini Black paint job, 37-inch tires, heavy-duty roll cages, shored up suspensions with rose joints and Bilstein rally dampers. They have a hydraulic handbrake and Recaro seats. The engine was tuned to achieve 180 bhp (up from 120). It's a left-hand drive manual.

Three of the vehicles were modified with high quality finishes to serve as halo cars for close-up shots. The rest of the fleet was damaged by the airplane piloted by Bond as part of the film. The interior is charcoal.

According to Silverstone Auctions, the seven Defenders that were part of the chase sequence were divided into two categories - high speed getaway SUVs and low-speed snow-worthy cars. The SUV featured here was made for the snow scene, used for drive-by flaming only, remaining undamaged.

The vehicle is not currently registered in the U.K.

Its history file is extensive and unique. Silverstone Auctions lists it as including, "a full risk assessment form for 'D3 SALLDHSP8A462459', its LR build spec, a full set of employee timesheets relating to 462459's build, an EC Certificate of Conformity, correspondence between Bowler and JLR as well as invoices for the vehicle and a copy of the original contract, and an MOT dated 18/01/2017. Fascinatingly, it also includes a monthly 'Crew Production Calendar' from 'Spectre 007' running from December 2014 to June '15 and Location Call Sheets detailing the cast and crew and who should be where and when and wearing what."

Silverstone Auctions will host their Live Online Sale on May 23, 2020.

All the cars will be kept in a single secure storage facility where they may be viewed by appointment only and in line with Government guidelines. Buyers will be able to bid via several online bidding partners, phone or leave a commission bid. Fees for this auction have been set at 10% plus VAT for buyers and 4% plus VAT for sellers.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport fits into the middle of a sea of SUVs and isn't terrible memorable.

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I'm a car journalist and a single guy. This might seem like a weird way to start my review of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, but hear me out.

Our swipe-right Tinder-Bumble-Hinge-Whatever dating culture has transformed how folks meet. See, there's always something else around the corner, so if you don't like the first date you're on, there's an endless supply of other potential partners. That also means that no matter how much you might like someone on the first date, there might be someone else you like better just a swipe away.

And while some of those first dates are truly memorable, others are forgettable. You end up with random people in your contacts with cryptic clues in their last name fields: Jessica Tinder or Erica Doctor or Samantha Doesn't Like Dogs DO NOT ANSWER.

My weekly car loans are the same way. Some are really special, like the time I had a Ferrari 488 GTB in Los Angeles and cruised down the Pacific Coast Highway at sunset before parking on the Santa Monica Pier and having dinner.

Or the 600+ horsepower Cadillac CTS-V that I road-tripped across Europe. One night I was forced to sleep in the back seat at a French rest area because the Chunnel train had been shut down because migrants snuck into the tunnel.

And then there are cars that are totally forgettable. There's nothing wrong with them — those cars I remember. They just don't make an impact. Kind of like how I remember all my really bad and really good first dates, but all the ones in the middle just don't register. Cars like the Buick Envision, the Chrysler 300, and the Fiat 124 Spider. They were all fine cars I guess, but nothing about them stands out.

The only thing I can remember about the Chrysler 300 is that Snoop Dogg called Chrysler when it came out in 2004 and left a voice mail that said, in part, "What I gotta do to get that brand new 300 up outta you?"

That is a true story.

So, cars are like first dates. But what about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport? Well, it falls in that forgettable middle category because it's not horrible and it wasn't great. It's also going up against some serious competition including the Mazda CX-30, the new Kia Seltos, the Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Kicks. Those are some A-grade, Super Like-level cars.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport The interior of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not a stunner, but it is sufficient.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

But, just like there's a partner for everyone, there's also a car for everyone, and there are definitely folks that will love the Outlander Sport. I actually really like the exterior design. There's lots of LED lights front and rear, and it's been nipped and tucked and looks kind of aggressive and fun, especially in the Sunshine Orange Metallic color that my test car was in.

This was the especially loaded version, with my test car weighing in at a whopping $28,920. That's a lot of cheese and you can (and likely would, if you're looking at this car) get out for a lot less money. It starts just shy of $24,000. It wasn't luxurious by any stretch, but it had all the features that a young 20-something Mitsubishi-buyer might want.

In the top trim I had, there was automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning and a radio. It also had the hottest seat warmers I've felt in a car. If you or your significant other likes having toasted buns, they will absolutely love the Outlander Sport.

But it also had middling fuel economy (25-27 mpg combined depending on the trim level you get), an uninspiring 168-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission that… transmits.

The warranty is terrific, which is good for folks who are especially budget-conscious. The model come with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain plus a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper, with five years of roadside assistance added in.

The Outlander Sport isn't huge, but it's roomy enough for the occasional Costco or beer run (though it's worth noting that the competition has a bit more room). The tester came with all-wheel drive and a spare tire. There are knobs to adjust the single-zone climate control. It's a car, and it turns on when you press the start button and you can drive it places.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets the job done. And sometimes, like with a first date, that's all you really need.

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Jeep is slated to bring back the Jeepster name.

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Stretch way back in the automobile history books and you'll reach the chapter on Willys. The short version is that the little World War II multi-terrain capable model Willys designed is the reason we have the 2020 Jeep Wrangler.

The Willys-Overland company, by then known as the Kaiser Jeep Corporation was acquired by AMC in the 1960s. AMC was purchased renamed the Jeep Eagle Corporation in 1988 and was merged with Chrysler in 1990. When Chrysler was purchased by Fiat S.p.A in 2014, the Jeep brand continued, placing us where we are today.

2021 Jeep Renegade Jeepster The Jeepster name is an iconic part of Jeep history.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC via Mopar Insiders

The Jeepster was originally made by Willys-Overland from 1948 to 1950, bridging the gap between the traditional Jeep for wartime and farm use and the typical passenger car of its time.

In 1966, the C-101 Jeepster Commando revived the name with a number of body styles: station wagon, convertible, pickup, and roadster. There was an available two-tone exterior and sliding rear window. By 1971, the company had removed all reference to the Jeepster name from its lineup.

Reporting by Mopar Insiders indicates that Jeep is bringing back the Jeepster name for a special edition Renegade model. How accurate the reporting is remains to be seen, but the website offers up a pretty solid list of specs that lead the AutomotiveMap team to believe it's real.

The website says that the entry-level Jeep Renegade Sport will be offered in a Jeepster special edition. Its exterior will feature 19-inch Granite painted aluminum wheels, 235/45R19 BSW all-season tires, gloss black grille rings, and Jeepster door decals. The model will come with a paint of in Colorado Red, Black or buyer's choice of three specialized colors (late availability).

Inside the crib is black cloth upholstered seating with accent color stitching, metal diamond speaker covers and vent bezels, Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless entry, and remote start.

The models will run using the Renegade's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The SUV will come in front- and four-wheel drive configurations.

The website says that the Jeepster edition will add $1,895 to the sticker price of the Renegade Sport. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Jeepster is likely to start around $25,700 with the destination charge added in.

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