London, Oct 22: A Land Rover built for former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on his 80th birthday has sold for a whopping 129,000 pounds at an auction in UK.
The vehicle, which had been modified to enable him to be chauffeur-driven around his Chartwell estate in Kent, was expected to fetch up to 60,000 pounds at an auction in Cambridgeshire, the BBC News reported.
The Land Rover sold for 129,000 pounds – more than twice its estimate.
It was sold with the original logbook registering it to Churchill to a bidder who wished to remain anonymous.
The previous owner had kept it in a shed in Kent since 1977.
The 1954 Series 1 Land Rover was registered as UKE 80 in the name of the “Rt Hon Sir Winston Spencer Churchill KG. OM. CH. MP. Chartwell, Westerham, Kent”.
It was especially modified for him with an extra-wide passenger seat and heated footwell.
Cheffins auctioneers said the vehicle, which had 20,812 km on the clock, was the most expensive item in its auction of more than 2,000 vintage vehicles.