Bowler Land Rovers Are Rare, and Now 7 Custom Off-Roaders Are Heading to Auction

RM Sotheby's will auction off the custom-made Land Rovers as part of its Paris sale next month.

Tom Gidden ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

What’s better than one of late off-roading enthusiast Drew Bowler’s heavily modified Land Rover trucks? How about seven of them, each of which are going up for auction in a matter of weeks.


collection of custom Land Rovers belonging to former Bowler Motors director Richard Hayward is scheduled to hit the block as part of RM Sotheby’s Paris sale next month. Bowler-built off-roaders are notoriously hard to get ahold of—involving lots of waiting and expenditure of large sums of money—but the auction will offer an opportunity to pick up a handful quickly and painlessly.


2013 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop TD “Challenge”

2013 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop TD “Challenge” RM Sotheby’s


The clear pick of the litter is the 2010 Land Rover Defender SVX “Spectre.” The blacked-out four-wheeler is a faithful recreation of the stealthy SUV that stole the show in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. According to the auction house, the reproduction, which features fat, knobby tires, a roof rack and a heavy-duty wench, took over 250 hours to build.

But be that as it may, the other half-dozen Bowler builds are also worthy of your attention. There’s a one-of-a-kind 2015 Bowler Pennine V6 110 Prototype and 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop TD “Challenge,” both of which feature rally racing-inspired liveries. Alongside those two matching off-roaders are two sporty Defenders, a 2015 Land Rover 90 Hardtop XS and a 2015 Land Rover 110 Landmark XS, both of which will turn heads without looking out of place in the city or country. And for those looking for something a little more bold, there are the gunmetal grey and lime green 2016 Bowler CSP P1 V8 Prototype and the metallic red and charcoal grey 2016 Bowler CSP2 V8 Prototype.

2015 Bowler Pennine V6 110 Prototype

2015 Bowler Pennine V6 110 Prototype RM Sotheby’s

Mechanical details for the seven Bowler off-roaders are scant, but based on the custom shop’s history, we expect these utility vehicles to come fully loaded.  Each of the utility vehicles will be offered without reserve when RM Sotheby’s Paris sale is held on February 13. As you’d expect, they won’t come cheap, but considering the exclusivity of Bowler builds, they’re not prohibitively expensive, either.

Check out more of the Bowler builds below:

2015 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop XS

2015 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop XS RM Sotheby’s

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Landmark XS

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Landmark XS RM Sotheby’s

2016 Bowler CSP P1 V8 Prototype

2016 Bowler CSP P1 V8 Prototype RM Sotheby’s




2016 Bowler CSP2 V8 Prototype

2016 Bowler CSP2 V8 Prototype RM Sotheby’s

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