See this Land Rover? It looks like the one from Spectre, right? That’s because it is.
Or one of them, anyway. When shooting the 24th Bond movie, the producers had Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations supply ten of these unique Defenders, crew-cab 110s in Santorini Black.
Then they sent them to Land Rover racing specialist Bowler, which upgraded them even further. The ten Defenders were fitted with 37-inch tires – bolted directly to the bead-lock whees – along with Bilstein rally dampers, engine upgraded from 120 hp to 185, a full roll cage, Recaro racing buckets, harnesses, Warn winch, diamond-plated everything, and those badass-looking ropes running up the nose and over the hood (for some reason).
The resulting vehicle was called the Land Rover Defender SVX Concept, and while many of them were destroyed in the filming of the movie, this one survived in tact. It was used only for drive-by footage, and was subsequently sold to a private customer – who has now consigned it, without reserve, to RM Sotheby’s for sale at its upcoming auction in London this September. Check out the badassity of it all in the images below by Simon Clay for RM Sotheby’s.