Chris Evans gifts ‘Peter Rabbit’ Land Rover to Lynn Bowles
Radio DJ gives travels presenter one of two 88in Series IIAs used in the filming of Sony Pictures’ latest movie, after buying it from H&H Classics
The Land Rover Series IIA that starred in the new Peter Rabbit film was sold at H&H Auctions to TV and radio presenter Chris Evans – who then presented it to long-term travel presenter Lynn Bowles as a leaving present.
During Evans's breakfast programme she was presented with a cake shaped like a Land Rover, poised on a rocky road made of chocolate. But Evans then topped that by giving her a set of keys to the Peter Rabbit Land Rover parked outside BBC Radio 2's Wogan House headquarters.
'The thing is Lynn, it was quite nice working with you,' said Evans, and told her that 'the door was always open' to a future return.
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The Land Rover is one of two identical Series IIAs that share the same role in front of the camera in Peter Rabbit, the new film voiced by James Corden.
H&H Auctions estimated it to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000 at its auction, held at the Imperial War Museum on March 21, with the Land Rover’s TV and film status adding to its provenance. It sold on the day for £11,362.50 plus premiums.
The classic 4x4 features throughout the contemporary update of Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s tale, which stars Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie alongside Corden. Built in 1969, the Pastel Green, short-wheelbase model employs the trademark 2250cc petrol engine, and has enjoyed an interior overhaul with refurbished tan seats.
The vendor confirmed that the 88-inch Series IIA was one of a pair utilised for filming. This particular car was used for exterior shots in the Lake District wearing a false registration, while the other was apparently hired in Australia, where the majority of filming took place.
Wearing the plate HJM 774H, it was manufactured in mid-1969, during the final phase of manufacture at the Solihull plant near Birmingham. Having been introduced in 1958 as a sympathetic update of its highly successful predecessor, the Series II and IIA racked up worldwide sales of 62,000 in the first two years of production alone. The Series III, often dubbed the ‘last of the real Land Rovers’, debuted in 1971.
The Peter Rabbit Land Rover, supplied by film vehicle specialist Action 99 Cars, was said to drive ‘as well as it looks’, and came with a fresh MoT. The only thing this 4x4 would benefit from, it’s claimed, is new door rubbers.
You can view the auction results on the H&H Auctions official website.