2014 SA Bike of Year: YOU get a vote!

Vote and win! The 2014 Amid motorcycle show will announce the second annual 2014 SA Bike of the Year awards.

BMW i8: Hybrid sports car for SA

BMW's i8 is the automaker's first plug-in hybrid sports car and the first of its vehicles to be powered by a three-cylinder 1.5. Full details and image gallery of this stunner ahead of the SA launch

Churchill's Landy to be auctioned

2012-08-16 09:34

CUSTOM-MADE LAND ROVER: This vehicle which was a birthday gift for Winston Churchill will be auctioned off in October.

  Gallery

2013 Range Rover

2012-08-15 10:02

The fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover SUV has been redesigned from the ground up and, said to be lighter, stronger and more refined, Land Rover boasts this is its most capable and most luxurious model yet.

 

Winston Churchill's custom-made Land Rover, an 80th birthday gift to the late statesman, is to be auctioned.

The 4x4 was made for Churchill, British Conservative politician and statesman during the Second World War. He took delivery in November 1954, six years after production started, and the vehicle was fitted with an extra-wide passenger seat to accommodate "the man who loved to lunch”.

It also has a special wooden box believed to have been Churchill's brick-laying tools. It could attract bids as high as the equivalent of R607 000 at auction in October.

CAR HISTORY

The Landy was used by Churchill on his 120ha Chartwell estate in Kent, south-east England and, almost 58 years later, still only has 19 300km on the clock. It will has a logbook and road-tax disc bearing Churchill’s name.

Auctioneer Jeremy Curzon said: “We expect a lot of interest in view of Churchill’s position as the foremost statesman of the 20th century.”

The vehicle was passed on to Churchill’s son-in-law, the Christopher Soames, when Churchill died at age 90 in April 1955. It was then bought for R1600 in a farm sale in the early 1970's by a man called Norman Mills. He asked one Frank Quay for help to get the Landy home but ended up selling it to him when Quay identified the original owner.

The Quay family used it to tow their horse box for some years before they stored it in a shed.

The car will be auctioned on October 20 through Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England.


NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    land rover

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

VW reveals SA-bound 2015 Passat

New design, new plug-in hybrid, improved tech... Volkswagen has unveiled its eighth-generation Passat ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris auto show. And it's headed to SA!

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.