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 Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

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2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

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The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

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