A truly obscene yet oh-so-cool 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX will be auctioned off during Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed sale next week.
This Defender, alongside nine others, was built specifically by the Special Vehicle Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover to star in Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie. All ten were crew-cab 110s that’d been painted Santorini Black and one of them was actually auctioned off 12 months ago.
Beyond all the custom touches applied by SVO, the ten special Defenders were comprehensively upgraded by Land Rover racing specialist Bowler. As such, the fleet were fitted with 37-inch tires, bead-lock wheels, Bilstein dampers, a roll cage, Recaro racing seats, harnesses, a Warn winch, and more. The finished look redefines the word ‘menacing’.
The modifications don’t stop here, however. Bowler went to work on the diesel engine and through some modifications, lifted grunt from 120 hp to 185 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.
Each of the ten custom Land Rover Defenders used in the film played an important part in bringing Spectre to the big screen. This particular unit was used extensively throughout filming and Bonhams says it still has some scratches and marks on the hood from stuntmen. Unlike most of the others, this Defender also retains its mechanical handbrake and ‘SVX’ boot badges and will be sold with key tags identifying it as an official film car.
Bonhams says that the first private owner had the pick of all ten Spectre Defenders and opted to buy this example. Making this unit all the more desirable is the fact that it can be driven on the street and will be sold with the registration ‘OO07 SVX.’
Pre-auction estimates suggest the Defender will sell for between $290,000 and $330,000.