One of only two made; looking splendid in Damson red metallic; running beautifully with the V8 burbling; full seven-seater with many special features; a must for the collector

No ordinary Discovery, this factory prototype was used to assess the viability of offering an Autobiography service to Discovery (and Freelander) buyers.

One of just two produced, this one in manual form, it came with a V8 petrol and was first registered on 7th November 2000. Featured in a launch press pack, it is thought that it would have cost a whopping £62,000 if sold commercially - well into P38 Range Rover territory.

Sadly, SVO's (Special Vehicle Operations) feasability study didn't sit well with Land Rover's new owners Ford and the project was cancelled, believed due to a lukewarm response in the US market. In any case the two Disocoverys were let out into the civilian market and this one has clearly been much loved and enjoyed ever since.

Now with 166,000 on the clock (8,500 per year), it has had six owners including Land Rover and the current keeper, who has religiously maintained it for the last 6 years at Guy Salmon in Northampton.

We are advised that a replacement engine was fitted at 112,303 miles (with uprated top hat liners) and the only elements which deviate from its original equipment are parking sensors and the DVD screens in the rear which replaced the original (and missing) VHS kit - well you would wouldn't you!

It comes complete with a BMIH certificate, launch press release, a certificate to show it took place in the Guiness Book of Records Land Rover Parade at Billing in 2018 and a feature of the car in LRO from December 2015.

An important piece of Land Rover history and in fine fettle, this is one for the serious Land Rover collector.

Reg No: X513JOH
Chassis Number: SALLTGM27YA284846
Engine Number: 58D05400R
Engine Size: 3950
Docs: V5C; MOT October 2020; MOTs from 2003

Estimate: £12,500+

Lot 31

Lot ended

Thursday 28/05/2020

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

Under Offer @ £12,300
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