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Gordon Ramsey buys Land Rover Defender SVX Big Foot from SPECTRE

10 August, 2018

It appeared that British chef and tv personality Gordon Ramsay was the buyer of the Land Rover Defender SVX Big Foot from SPECTRE at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction in August 2018.

The 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX wihth chassic nr SALLDHSP8FA462473, used during the filming of SPECTRE was sold for £325,000 (€370,000 / $430,000). At the time of the auction it was said that it was sold to the same person that bought the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (which turned out to be New York museum SPYSCAPE), but it later appeared that the lucky new owner was Gordon Ramsay. The estimated sale price for this car was £220,000 - 250,000 (€250,000 - 290,000 / $290,000 - 330,000) and bidding started at £140,000.

The British star was clearly very happy with his amazing purchase and showed the car on his Instagram page when he received it. See below some screenshots of the video posted on Instagram.

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To see the video click on the "Toys" highlighted story on his Instagram page for this car and other cars from his collection.

Land Rover Defender SVX in SPECTRE Austria mountains

The car with special 007 registration no. "OO07 SVX" was used during the filming of the James Bond movie SPECTRE (2015) for the scenes hat take place in Sölden, Austria. The Defender is one of ten built, based on a Defender 110 crew-cab model. Each of the 10 models was extensively modified and upgraded by Land Rover SVO (Special Vehicle Operations).

Land Rover Defender SPECTRE SVX

Unlike most of the other SPECTREs, which were used only for publicity purposes or not at all, this example was used extensively in the filming and still has marks on its bonnet left by the stuntmen. Unusually, it retains its mechanical handbrake and 'SVX' boot badges (most of the other vehicles had theirs removed) and also key tags identifying it as an official film car, etc. The first private owner had the pick of all ten SPECTRE Defenders and chose this one as it is the most significant.

Land Rover Defender SVX SPECTRE front

Representing a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the most memorable' Bond' vehicles of recent times, this imposing Spectre Defender if offered with the owner's wallet containing the handbook and (blank) service booklet; current MoT certificate; UK V5C document for the most appropriate registration 'OO07 SVX'; and a framed presentation featuring movie stills, the shooting schedule, and an Austrian licence plate.

Land Rover Defender SPECTRE action roll

In its standard form the friendly and familiar Defender would have lacked the aura of menace required for the SPECTRE vehicles, so the ten movie cars were sent to marque specialists Bowler, a company recognised for over 30 years as market leaders in the design, engineering, and production of class-leading custom vehicles. Bowler then transformed them from standard Defender 110 crew-cab models into vehicles worthy of a Bond villain. Finished in sinister Santorini Black, the result was the SVX, or SPECTRE Defender.

The transformation's most striking element is the huge 37"-diameter all-terrain tyres, which has given the SPECTRE Defender the nickname 'Bigfoot'. Built to Bowler's racing specification, the suspension incorporates Rose joints and Bilstein rally dampers.

Land Rover Defender SPECTRE interior

The interior features Recaro seats with 4-point harnesses, while the full roll cage runs both internally and externally.

Land Rover Defender SPECTRE front side

The engine too has been significantly upgraded, producing 185bhp (up from the stock 120 horsepower) and 368lb/ft of torque.

At the same auction, the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye was sold for £2mn.


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