- 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.