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1966 Dalai Lama's Land Rover Series IIA 88 goes up for auction

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1966 Land Rover Series IIA 88
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I Every now and then, ex-cars from high-ranking clergy show up on the market. Just think of Joseph Ratzinger's VW Golf VI, Pope Benedict XVI from 2005 to 2013, which was offered twice on the Internet. The first time, shortly after the beginning of the pontificate, the Golf brought its owner at the time a whopping 189,000 euros; It was bought by an American online casino. Ratzinger's official task at the beginning of 2013 wanted to use this to raise money for a charitable cause with another internet auction of the car. What thoroughly failed: the Golf missed the minimum bid of around 16,500 euros, the casino stayed on the car.

In the upper range of the estimate

This 1966 Land Rover Series had a similar fate IIA 88 fortunately saved. The SUV once belonged to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and was auctioned by RM Sotheby's in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday, August 30th. The auction house was hoping for proceeds of 100,000 to 150,000 dollars (about 90,200 to 135,300 euros) - and ultimately achieved 143,000 dollars (about 130,500 euros).

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From 2005 to 2006 the Land Rover was completely restored in the USA.

It is not only the prominent previous owner that makes the Landie interesting, but also its eventful history. One week after production, the off-roader with an 88-inch wheelbase was delivered to Nepal in February 1966 and received there by Tenzin Cheogyal. The Dalai Lama's brother brought the car to India, where the clergyman had lived in exile since 1959. In the mountain region of Dharamsala, the Land Rover was in tough use and served for about ten yearsthe Dalai Lama during this time as an official car. Tenzin Cheogyal, who mostly chauffeured it, kept, drove and serviced the off-road vehicle until 2005.

Top-restored, with original parts

After that, it became the property of the Dalai Lama Foundation in Palo, California Alto over and was completely restored by a specialist by December 2006. This action was certainly not cheap; In total, the Land Rover comes with bills for more than 49,000 dollars.

The buyer not only receives the fully restored car, but also some original parts included - including the seats, interior parts and tires. There is also a certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, the original license plate, the Indian registration and insurance policies that identify the Dalai Lama as the owner. There is also a manual, which is not the original, but bears an autograph by Tenzin Cheogyal, and a Land Rover magazine, the cover picture of which not only shows the car that was auctioned, but also one of the six best Land Rovers in the USA selects.


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