A 1983 Range Rover, with Burr Walnut dashboard and an in-car Betamax video player is about to go to auction for a knockdown price.
The Harrods Edition Range Rover which cost more than the average house back in the 1980s is to be auctioned off for around £30,000.
The unusual off-roader was sprayed in the world’s most famous corner shop’s unmistakable green livery and has ‘Harrods Knightsbridge’ written on the bonnet.
It boasts a number of external modifications including a horizontal slatted grill but it is the car’s interior where coachbuilders Wood & Pickett went the extra mile.
The seats were trimmed in the finest green Connolly leather while the dashboard was made from burr walnut.
It was also kitted out with state-of-the-art technology including air-conditioning and a Sony TV with Betamax for passengers in the back.
The result was a car which cost its first owner, a gentleman from Berkshire, a staggering £38,000.
This came at a time when the typical home cost £28,000.
But while the average home now costs £220,000, the Harrods Edition Range Rover is expecting to fetch between £29,000 and £37,000 when Historics at Brooklands auction it later this month.
Mathew Priddy, of Historics at Brooklands, said: “It’s an honour for us to be auctioning such a rare, iconic and magnificently-equipped Range Rover.
“It is a sure-fire investment as it is believed to be the only right-hand drive model remaining, having travelled an average of less than 1,000 miles a year since 1983.”
In 1998, the Harrods Edition Range Rover was sold to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust based in Gaydon, Warks.
The Trust kept it until 2003 when it sold 100 cars at auction, with the Harrods edition off-roader bought by a private collector.
Historics will be auctioning the Range Rover Harrods Edition on May 20 at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.
The original Range Rover went on sale in 1970, originally in two-door configuration only, up to 1981, when the first factory four-door was introduced.
During the 1970s, car, regarded as the first luxury 4×4, also became the first vehicle to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’.They are now becoming more and more sought after by classic car collectors and investors.
Rising demand has prompted Land Rover to start restoring early models – and selling them for more than £130,000.