An upcoming auction in March will feature a classic Range Rover with a notable history – it’s believed to have once belonged to the reggae legend Bob Marley.
Originally finished in Masai Red, the 1980 vehicle was given a unique new paint job by some of Marley’s 11 children, using a mixture of black, green, and blue. Although the car may appear worse for wear, its rich backstory makes it a highly sought-after item that could sell for up to £150,000 once fully restored.
According to reports, the original registration document bore the name ‘Robert Nesta Marley’ when the vehicle was discovered. The 1980 Range Rover is believed to be one of only two Land Rovers owned by the iconic musician and was obtained through an agent who dealt directly with the Marley family. It was shipped from Solihull to Germany before being sent on to Jamaica, where it was regularly transported between Jamaica and the UK.
Simon Langsdale of Classic Car Auctions, who sourced the car, stated: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this ex-Bob Marley Range Rover at public auction. This is a unique opportunity to own not just an early suffix model, but one with a fascinating history linked to the legendary reggae star. I’m certain it will generate a lot of interest. Fully restored models have sold for up to £130,000 in recent years, but a celebrity connection can add up to 20% in value, making this a fantastic investment option. For a Bob Marley fan who is also a petrolhead, owning this Range Rover would be an experience beyond measure and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
This Range Rover will be among the many vehicles up for auction at CCA’s first sale of 2023, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, at the NEC in Birmingham.