A Range Rover believed to have once belonged to reggae legend Bob Marley is heading to auction in March.
Originally finished in Masai Red, the car was supposedly painted a mixture of black, green and blue by some of Bob’s 11 children.
The 1980 vehicle looks like it has seen better days, but thanks to its history, it could be sold for as much as £150,000 once restored to its former glory.
The original registration document apparently bore the name ‘Robert Nesta Marley’ when it was found. The 1980 Range Rover would have been made just one year before his death in 1981. The music icon died on May 11, 1981 in Miami, Florida after a battle with cancer.
REGULARLY SHIPPED BETWEEN THE UK AND JAMAICA
It is purported to be one of two Land Rovers owned by Marley and is believed to have been obtained via an agent who dealt directly with the Marley family. It was shipped from Solihull to Germany initially then on to Jamaica and was regularly shipped between the UK and Jamaica.
Simon Langsdale, of Classic Car Auctions, who sourced the car, commented: “We are delighted to be offering this ex-Bob Marley Range Rover at public auction. This unique opportunity to purchase not only an early suffix example, but one with history linked to the legendary reggae star – I am sure it will attract huge interest. Fully restored examples have sold for as much as £130,000 in recent years; but with a celebrity link that can add up to 20 per cent in value so this is a great investment option. But for a true Bob Marley fan who is also a petrolhead, owning this Range Rover will be something beyond price and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
This historic Range Rover is just one of many vehicles coming to auction at CCA’s first sale of 2023 at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend.