A Series 1 Land Rover, custom-built for two-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is hitting to the auction block this fall.
A birthday gift for Winston Churchill
The Series 1 Land Rover was given to Churchill on his 80th birthday, on November 30, 1954. It will go up for sale on October 20 by Cheffins Auction House. The auction will take place at the Sutton Saleground in Cambridge, England.
The chauffeur-driven Series 1 Land Rover, used for jaunts around Chartwell, Churchill’s 300 acre Westerham, Kent estate, was custom built for the great statesman. It has an extra-wide passenger seat to accommodate Churchill’s “robust” frame. It was also custom-fitted with a foot well heater to stave off the often-chilly and damp English weather.
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Owners after Churchill
The truck became the property of Churchill’s son-in-law after the elder statesman passed away on Jan. 24, 1965. It was sold as a workhorse to a farm equipment company in 1973, and was retired in 1977. Since that time it has not been driven, except to charity events in the area, accounting for the low 12,932 miles on its odometer.
About the late statesman
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born Nov. 30, 1874. His father was a politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his mother was a socialite from America. Before his long and illustrious career in politics, he served as an officer in British India, the Sudan, and the Second Boer War. Later, he gained notoriety as a war correspondent and an author .
The British Conservative politician served as Prime Minister twice: once from May 10, 1940 to July 26, 1945, and again from Oct. 26 1951 to April 7, 1955. He is primarily known and beloved for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. However, he was also an artist and an author who won a Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1953.
Churchill vehicle auctions
It is not often that a vehicle owned by a legendary statesman come up in used car sales.
Churchill’s Land Rover is said to be in excellent shape, and Cheffins expects it to fetch the pound equivalent of between $79,000 and $95,000.
Another Churchill-owned vehicle was auctioned off in 2010. The 1939 DB18 Drophead Coupe, one of only eight surviving in the world at the time, was used by Churchill during his election campaigns in 1945 and 1950.