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The left-hand drive Series III is priced between £ 10,000 and £ 20,000 and is offered unreservedly in Sotheby’s latest ‘Open Roads’ classic vehicle online auction, which ends Wednesday the 13th.

Update: results below …

After apparently serving in mainland Europe for the first part of its life, the 109 was first registered in the UK in 2010 and purchased by two enthusiasts in York who converted it to this SAS specification. Yorkshire specialists John Brown 4×4 then returned the vehicle to light service in 2020, after a year of dry storage.

The very latest Series III carries the chassis number SALLBCAH2AA225445 and is powered by a 2.25-liter petrol engine via a four-speed manual gearbox and Salisbury rear differential – standard fare. Toys include camouflages, search lights, ammo boxes, jerry cans, radio equipment… not to mention .30 and .50 caliber machine guns (the legal “dummies”, certified for civilian display).

© SAS Replica of the Land Rover Series III combat helicopter

Greg Hendry, Marketing Director at John Brown 4×4, said:

“Our team had a fantastic time working on this car. It has been a centerpiece in our showroom, where it catches the attention of every customer who comes to visit our site. We even used this Gunship sometimes to make client collections a little more special.

Last year Bonhams auctioned off an original military series III 109 for £ 10,000 (but without machine guns and perhaps more besieged than the Sotheby’s example). However, the last time Sothebys auctioned off a John Brown Series III 4×4 just a few weeks ago it cost over £ 50,000, so it will be interesting to see how far the auction goes for this SAS replica.

Also appearing in this week’s “Open Roads” auction is a 1975 Range Rover Suffix-D two-door (chassis number 35821643D). Also left-hand drive, this example of Sahara Dust is found in northern Italy and appears to be in good condition – described as “impressively preserved with renovated interior”. The estimate is € 40-50,000 (£ 34,000- £ 43,000).

*Update: The lukewarm auction resulted in the Series III being sold for just £ 11,000 (just above its lower estimate) and the Italian Range Rover Classic did not sell.

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