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.


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

Aquis Microfiber Adventure Towel

Aquis Microfiber Adventure Towel. Don’t Leave Home Without It.

Yes, that’s right, a towel.  It’s an item that receives little to no thought on many expeditions, however, it can provide an additional level of comfort in your travels.  My wife has had this funky hair towel for about ten or more years.  It’s an incredibly durable towel which she uses to dry her hair daily.  It’s always been right under my nose, but I never gave it much thought.  It’s extremely efficient, dries quickly for her daily use, and after more than ten years it still appears like new.  I thought that this would make a great travel towel.  After a quick search I found that indeed the company is smart enough to produce a variety of towels including a line of sport/travel towels. 

I field tested the X-Large Adventure towel over a damp four night camping weekend in New England this past month.  The X-Large turned out to be overkill, even for a big guy like myself.  Large would have been more than adequate.  Even in the damp and sometimes rainy conditions, the towel dried sufficiently and remained fresh for the four days.  It’s super absorbent, quick-drying, ultra-lightweight, durable and far more compact than a standard cotton towel.  The towel gets extremely high marks and is recommended for any journey, whether it’s four days or four months.  You’ll be glad you have a couple of these along for the hike or ride!

Spot - Satellite Personal Tracker - It could be a life saver.

Drive the Globe is now equipped with this handy device called Spot.  It is cheap, easy to carry and definitely a gear item that brings piece of mind to those of us that often travel out of cell range or into areas far away from civilization. Their brief overview is as follows.

Nature, solitude, and fresh air: top priorities for most campers. Now you can add “peace of mind” to that list without sacrificing your wilderness experience. Out of cell phone reach? Satellite-based Spot lets you assure folks at home that you’re OK as often as you like with a “check in” message. Friends can even track your progress, viewing your exact latitude and longitude on Google Maps in real time. Most importantly, if you have an emergency you can send a 911 signal for immediate medical help or evacuation. If you just need a hand, there’s a “ask for help” signal that alerts contacts of your choice.

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To follow Drive The Globe with our Spot satellite geo-locator device in our vehicles visit: Where Are We?