Classic Land Rover From Hit TV Show Up For Auction

A vintage 1950 Land Rover that appeared in the 90s hit TV show Heartbeat is to come up for auction. Yorkshire Live reports that the 4×4 Series 1 will be sold at Cheffins auction house in Cambridgeshire on 23 October, and is listed at a price of £16,000.

The long-running ITV series Heartbeat starred Nick Berry as PC Nick Rowan, and is set in a nostalgic 1960s North Yorkshire. At its peak, it drew 14 million viewers on Sunday evenings. The Land Rover in question features in series 2, episode 5, in a scene which was broadcast in 1993, when the vehicle was already 43 years old!

Bill King, Chairman at Cheffins says: “Whilst they are slow, bumpy and hugely uncomfortable, the Land Rover Series are the original and the best of the 4×4. As the ultimate British vehicle, no other model or make will come anywhere near the Land Rover’s eponymous design and style. 

He added: \”From agricultural workhorse to the modern-day countryman’s Ferrari, these series versions were originally built to plough the fields like a tractor, but are now seen as hugely glamorous and sought-after.\”

The Land Rover is described as being in full working order with its original 1600cc engine.  It is not the only star of the screen to come up for auction lately. Hagerty Media reports that a 1982 Series III Land Rover, which is an exact replica of a model that appeared in the latest Bond film, No Time To Die, was recently auctioned by Sotheby’s for an astonishing £55,200.

The marine blue vehicle can be seen being driven by Daniel Craig in the blockbuster film, which has recently been released after being postponed twice due to the pandemic. The replica was described as being ‘in premium condition’, and went for more than twice its estimated price.

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