Land Rover News: SAS Land Rover Gunship with machine guns for sale to the public this week
SAS Spec Land Rover Gunship To Launch In This Week's RM Sotheby's Auction
• An SAS specification military Land Rover has been released by John Brown 4x4
• The vintage restoration and rebuild will go to auction at RM Sotheby's on 6th October
• This unique vehicle is completely road legal and comes with a 12-month MOT
• The car will be offered in its own dedicated auction, offered without reserve
Supplied from the John Brown 4x4 private collection, this completely one-off 1984 LHD 109inch Series 3 Land Rover(r) 'Gunship' will become available to the public at RM Sotheby's Open Road auction, October 6th to 13th.
The car was built at Land Rover's Solihull plant in 1984, and then utilised in mainland Europe, likely by the German military. Two military enthusiasts in York purchased the car in 2010 and conducted a replication to 'SAS' specifications, sourcing and fitting various parts to give the look we see today.
Both machine guns ( .30 and .50 calibre) are professionally made 'dummy' guns by Crossfire of West Sussex. These guns carry certificates from Crossfire to this effect and are legal for civilians to own, display, and drive the car equipped with them on UK roads.
Classic Land Rover(r) experts John Brown 4x4 purchased the Gunship in 2020 after it had been in dry storage for some time. The team of experts recommissioned the vehicle over the course of 12 months, improving the driveability with new shock absorbers, brakes, a new fan belt, and a carburettor, among other correct specification parts. Military fitments and extra items were also sourced during the recommission to complete the outfit.
Due to the unique nature of this vehicle, the John Brown 4x4 team originally decided that it would be retained as both a showpiece in the showroom and for special outings with staff. However, the John Brown 4x4 showroom has recently been rearranged, so the vehicle is now available for purchase through RM Sotheby's.
"The military features and touches all over this Land Rover(r) come together to create an exceptional SAS car recreation. The two dummy machine guns fitted to the car, in .30 and .50 calibre specifications, really catch your attention.
"While the car is left-hand drive owing to its military use on mainland Europe, no windscreen or roof provides the driver fantastic visibility on UK roads.
"The car has been professionally repaired and restored, so that the driving experience matches the car's looks.
"Our team have had a fantastic time working on this car. It's been a centrepiece in our showroom, where it catches the attention of every customer that comes to visit our site. We've even occasionally used this Gunship to make customer collections that bit more special.
"However, we've recently rearranged our showroom, and have decided to give a member of the public the opportunity to own this fantastic car. The Gunship is a thrilling drive that turns heads wherever you take it."
You can have the chance to purchase this one-off car between the 6th and 13th of October, at RM Sotheby's Open Roads auction<https://rmsothebys.com/en/home/lots/1021>. The auction is fully online, and open for bidding from any country across the globe.
The Land Rover(r) Gunship will be presented for auction along with other vintage and rare cars from across the world.
About John Brown 4x4
John Brown 4x4 are the UK's leading dealer of Classic Land Rovers(r) and 4x4s. They provide a wide variety of vehicles, stocking the nation's largest indoor collection of vintage Land Rovers, and catering to each customer's needs. All Land Rovers(r) for sale are thoroughly road-tested, have a current MOT and are inspected in-house with a detailed custom inspection.
John Brown 4x4 pride themselves on having an excellent reputation and providing an honest and efficient service to each customer.