This one-off safari-ready Land Rover “Bell Aurens Longnose” off-roadster unveiled in the 2000s is still a head-turner.
The creators plan was to put it into production, but the economic downturn of 2008 killed their dreams.
Two years ago, this unintentional one-off prototype “off-roadster” was up for sale at Classic Trader for £168,751 ($299,000).
Back in the early 2000s, two Land Rover enthusiasts, Thomas Bell and Holger Kalvelage, got together and created a Land Rover Bell Aurens Longnose prototype, a kind of safari-ready sports car.
The Land Rover Bell Aurens Longnose prototype was based on the same platform as the 1967 series III Land Rover. This monster was powered by a 235-horsepower engine from a more modern LR.
“We decided to build 10 cars a year – as we really believe in the handmade process behind that car and will not begin to automate that process”
“It is a collector’s item and this is what we want it to be. We calculate 4-6 months delivery time from order to the finished car, of course again depending on the individual specifications”.
Holger Kalvelage added that :
“Every Bell Aurens Longnose will be built to the individual specifications of its future owner – within the set variations we offer. So it’s naturally very difficult to come up with exact prices, as everything is handmade and made to specific requirements.
Their plan was to put it into production with V8, V12 and V16 engines, but the economic downturn of 2008 killed their dreams.
Two years ago, this unintentional one-off prototype “off-roadster” was put back on the market by the online seller Classic Trader. With just 322 km on the odometer, Classic Trader listed the SUV for £168,751 ($299,000).
Back in 2008, the open-topped Land Rover Bell Aurens Longnose was worth £80,000 ($141,000).