The Willys MB may be the grandfather of all modern-day SUVs, but Land Rover lays claim to being one of the original European SUVs, pre-dating even the Mercedes G-Wagen, which debuted in the late 70s. The Land Rover Defender paved the way for rugged, go-anywhere transportation, but it was the advanced engineering and contemporary style of the Range Rover that paved the way toward making the brand one of the most recognized and prestigious in the world of SUVs. The very first production Range Rover, VIN #001, is going up for auction from Silverstone Auctions, with a valuation estimated at more than $168,000.

The vehicle underwent an exhaustive six-year restoration, and all major components, including the engine, transmission, chassis axles, and original aluminum hood, are numbers-matching, and even the registration plate is the original number of YVB 151H. Although meticulously restored and correct, this Range Rover is no pampered, barely driven trailer queen, with 86,950 original miles on it, having been taken on several occasions on photographic assignments by its owners. Michael Forlong, the producer of Range Rover production films “A Car for All Reasons” and “Sahara South,” was the vehicle’s first registered owner. If you’re interested in bidding on this significant piece of British automotive history, you can find out more at the link below.

Source: Silverstone Auctions