2010 Land Rover Defender

SVX "Spectre"


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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 13 February 2021.

  • Commissioned as a “one-off” by Bowler Motors Limited Director Richard Hayward and offered directly from his collection.
  • Constructed in 2019 by Bowler engineers using a 2010 Defender 2.4 TDCi donor vehicle.
  • Similar specification to the 10 SVX “Spectres” constructed for the 2015 James Bond film of the same name.
  • Verified mileage of 73,113 miles from new.
  • Highly specified, including Bowler “Fast Road” suspension, Stage 2 tuned engine and 16” Beadlock wheels.

Please note, owing to the UK having now left the European Customs Union, buyers should be aware of any and all implications of purchasing a UK based lot, including but not limited to this lot being subject to VAT on the full purchase price if importing into the EU.

Once almost exclusively the preserve of Aston Martin in terms of automotive product placement, the end of the last century heralded a new era for the James Bond series of films, with a bewildering variety of cars being selected for both our eponymous MI6 hero and his ensuing villains. As long ago as 1995, GoldenEye saw the once unthinkable: the very British Bond driving a BMW Z3; a choice of marque reprised in the 1997 and 1999 films Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough respectively. Perhaps in an attempt to placate Bond traditionalists, all three films afforded Bond’s beloved DB5 a cameo role, but the die had been cast: automotive association with Bond was now big business, and assuredly extended far beyond Newport Pagnell.

In December 2014, filming started on the most ambitious and expensive Bond film yet: Spectre. The second such film to have been directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, it would be Daniel Craig’s fourth appearance as Bond and co-starred Christoph Waltz - as Bond’s nemesis Blofeld, head of the evil Spectre organisation - as well as Lea Seydoux, Ben Wishaw and Ralph Fiennes. Aston Martin and Jaguar provided bespoke cars - a DB10 and C-X75 respectively - for the film’s showpiece car chase around the streets of Rome, although the movie also saw a spectacular high speed Alpine sequence which featured two modified Land Rover Defender SVX “Spectre” models and a Range Rover Sport.

Prior to the commencement of filming, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations arm had commissioned Bowler Motorsport to construct ten examples of the Defender “Spectre”; the only brief being that they should be fit for a Bond villain. Based around a Defender 110 Crew Cab, the resulting vehicles were appropriately sinister and immediately distinguishable by their Santorini black coachwork, widened wheel arches, external rollcage and 37-inch high profile tyres.

In 2019, Bowler Director Richard Hayward commissioned his own engineers - many of whom had been involved on the original film project - to construct one final tribute Defender “Spectre”, and it is that vehicle offered here. Based around a correct-type 2010 Defender 110 Crew Cab, the completed vehicle featured a Stage 2 engine upgrade with improved ECU, intercooler and exhaust as well as a Bowler Fast Road Suspension kit, Bowler “Spectre” wheel arches and the distinctive 37” Maxxis Trepador tyres, mounted on the correct 16” Beadlock wheels. The vehicle’s menacing look was completed by the addition of other accessories as seen on the film cars, such as a Warn Zeon-10S winch, Safety Devices external rollcage and roof rack, LED lighting, rear deck checker plating and an original set of SVX Recaro seats.

Unlike the original ten cars, this particular example is configured in right hand drive form and remains one of only a handful of SVX “Spectre” specification vehicles to have ever been road registered. Offering unparalleled road presence, incredible rarity and exhilarating performance - not to mention a brief glimpse into the murky world of Bond villainy - this remarkable vehicle is immaculately presented and ready for immediate enjoyment in virtually any environment.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa21.