From a modern Bullitt Mustang to a vintage black and gold Pontiac Trans Am, cars with movie connections are cool. Well, maybe not the Nissan Rouge: Rogue One Star Wars Edition, but most are. Owning a car like the Land Rover Defender SVX that actually starred in a James Bond movie, though, that’s on another level altogether.
Bowler Motorsport converted 10 Land Rover Defender 110 SVX pickups to Bigfoot specification for 2015’s Spectre, where they can be seen being chased by 007 in an airplane down a snowy Austrian hillside. Several cars were trashed during production and only seven are believed to have survived, including this truck, which is being auction by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Bowler conversion included an upgraded turbo and intercooler for the 185 hp (188 PS) 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, which drives all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Those wheels are 16-in five-spoke rims with beadlocks to keep the huge 37-in off-road tires firmly in place, while the suspension features rose joints and Bilstein dampers.
The bad guys didn’t have a chance to make use of the Warn winch before Bond put them out of action, but the Recaro buckets and TRS harnesses were probably pretty useful during the chase sequence, and skid plates fitted underneath protected the running gear.The movie Landies weren’t totally devoid of luxury and convenience kit either: this one features air conditioning, electric windows and an Alpine head unit.
Showing only 477 km (296 miles), this example is thought to have been used for low-speed shots, meaning that it’s in pretty good condition, though photographs show scratches on the panels, most obviously the bed, perhaps from carrying camera equipment around. But those scratches are the best kind of patina, and serve as a reminder that this Defender is the real deal, and not some mollycoddled special edition tribute car built to cash in on the movie’s success.
According to the listing’s pre-auction estimate, Bonhams thinks this genuine Bond baddie truck will fetch a hefty £150,000-200,000 ($184,000-245,000) when the hammer drops on June 24. That’s not bad, but it’s some way short of the £365,500 ($455,169 at the time) another one of the original 10 cars achieved in 2018.