Fire Chief Feels Heat Over Land Rover Auction

Every Land Rover fan would love to grab a great 4×4 bargain at an auction, so it is only natural that eyebrows should be raised when a vehicle goes for a surprisingly small amount.

Ensuring fairness is vital, which is why a case of a very suspicious sale price has ended up in court, with a retired fire chief accused of being involved in a “dishonest” auction.

Former head of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Stewart Edgar has been in the dock this week accused of acting as both “auctioneer and bidder” in a sale that allegedly saw him acquire one of the brigade’s red Land Rover Defenders for use at his daughter’s wedding in 2018.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Mr Edgar turned down a bid of £8,250 for the £13,000 vehicle, but ended up buying it himself using a bid anonymously made on his behalf by an Ayrshire-based company for only £500. As the registered auctioneer, Mr Edgar would not have been lawfully allowed to bid.

The prosecution claims were outlined after Mr Edgar, who now lives in Scotland, pleaded not guilty to a single count of fraud by abuse of position.

Whatever the eventual verdict in the case may be, many Land Rover fans will be interested in what would constitute a fair price for a vehicle at auction. This can depend on various factors, including the state of the vehicle and whether it needs an engine rebuild.

Bidders will certainly not want any extra reasons for their hearts to miss a beat in an auction taking place this month for a vintage Land Rover being sold at auction in Cambridgeshire on October 23rd.

The 1950 Land Rover appeared in the 1990s TV series Heartbeat, famous for starring Nick Berry as a policeman in Yorkshire.

Chairman of auctioneers Cheffins, Barry King, said:  “Whilst they are slow, bumpy and hugely uncomfortable, the Land Rover Series are the original and the best of the 4×4.”

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