The Ultimate Land Rover Defender At Auction

2014 Land Rover Defender SVX "Spectre"

Chassis no. SALLDHSP8FA462391, Without Reserve

The ultimate Land Rover Defender; crafted by the best in the business. One of just 10 originals built; eight in private ownership. Used in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. 234 km from new.



This car represents the ultimate version of the iconic Land Rover Defender. When shooting the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, Sony Pictures needed a menacing vehicle to be used by members of the Spectre criminal organisation in the Austrian Alps. They turned to Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations to supply a total of 10 cars. But a standard Defender simply would not do. These 10 cars were sent to famed Land Rover tuning and racing specialists Bowler, with the task of transforming them from regular Santorini Black crew-cab 110s to something worthy of a Bond villain. The SVX Concept, or Spectre Defender, is the end result.

Perhaps the most obvious part of the transformation is the use of huge 37-inch tyres, which are bolted directly onto the wheel rim and are said to greatly improve the ride over a standard Defender. Suspension upgrades include rose joints and Bilstein rally dampers, built to Bowler race specification, while a full roll cage runs both externally and internally. Hidden away are significant engine improvements, with power up from around 120 bhp to 185 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. Recaro seats with 4-point harnesses complete the interior transformation, as does a hydraulic handbrake, which had been disconnected prior to private sale.

Bought by the consignor direct from Bowler, this Spectre Defender is presented in perfect condition, having been used only in drive-by scenes. It is fully road legal in the UK and has been driven just 234 km from new. It will be sold with its accompanying V5 document and a range of papers documenting filming schedules and the high-end parts used in its construction.

Given the way in which some of these cars were used during filming, it is unsurprising that not all survived intact. However, this particular Spectre Defender was used for drive-by filming only, sustaining no damage during filming, and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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2017 Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE 2017

JULY 2017, MANCHESTER VERMONT

The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge was established in 2008. 2017 marks the third year that Drive The Globe has participated in this "Top Gear meets Top Chef" event. The weekend is a great mix of gourmet vehicle based cooking challenges and off roading. It is also the perfect opportunity to catch up with old Land Rover friends and meet new ones.  The 2017 edition took place in Manchester Vermont and included all of the amenities the local area has to offer.  Nightlife at the camp site included the fantastic cocktail camper from 13th Street Cocktails & Stony Creek Beer.  This year Drive The Globe was honored with winning First Place in the Muddy Chef Challenge Entree category & second place in the Dessert category. A special thanks to Chris from Rovertek & Carl from Xtreme Mobile Adventures for the quick field tune up on our series IIA truck- it made for a much better drive home. Also thanks to our own Carrie in the Drive The Globe support truck for bringing the jerry can of fuel after I ran out of gas 15 miles from the event site.  

Bollinger B1 | All Electric 4x4

Start Saving For This One!

The news of the Bollinger B1 all-electric 4×4 has taken many by surprise. Indeed, this vehicle is unlike any other. The boxy exterior hides an all-aluminum chassis and a high-tech dual electric motor drivetrain. The B1 has the off-road hardware and specifications that will put most other production trucks or SUVs to shame. The SUT is wider than a Jeep Wrangler, but it has a shorter wheelbase than a Wrangler Unlimited (four door). It has a curb weight of around 3,900 lbs, but it is designed to be a Class 3 vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of over 10,001 lbs.

Propulsion:Dual electric motors, Total: 360 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque

Transmission: Helical gear reduction2-speed (Hi/Lo)

Battery: Lithium-ion: 60 kWhLevel 2 charge: 7 hrDC Fast charge: 45 min, Range est: 120 miles

Lithium-ion: 100 kWhLevel 2 charge: 12 hrDC Fast charge: 75 min, Range est: 200 miles

Efficiency: Estimate 67.4 MPGe, Brakes: regen 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs

0-60 MPH: 4.5 sec

Top Speed: 127 MPH

Curb Weight: 3,900 lbs, GVWR: 10,001 lbs

Payload: 6,100 lbs, Max Towing 6,100 lbs

Wheelbase: 105 inches, Length:150 inches,  Width: 76.5 inches

Ground Clearance: 15.5 inches, Wheel Travel 10 inches

Off-road specs: Approach angle: 56 deg, Departure angle: 53 deg, Breakover angle: 33 deg