Churchill's Land Rover to be sold

Churchill's Land Rover to be sold

A Land Rover given to Sir Winston Churchill as an 80th birthday present is to go on sale at auction later this year, with an estimated price of up to £60,000.

Car maker Rover gave the vehicle to the wartime prime minister in November 1954 and Churchill owned it until his death 11 years later. It has changed hands a number of times over the years, but since 1977 has been stored in a shed.

The Series 1 Land Rover, with the registration UKE 80, was specifically tailored to its original owner, featuring an extra-wide passenger seat, a leather-clad grab handle and a footwell heater. It has 12,932 miles on the clock.

The vehicle will be auctioned on October 20 at a Cheffins sale in Sutton near Ely, Cambridgeshire, where it is expected to fetch between £50,000 and £60,000.

Jeremy Curzon, associate auctioneer at Cheffins, said: "In view of Churchill's position as the foremost statesman of the 20th century, we expect a lot of interest."

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