The Dalai Lama Land Rover
Now, we could keep talking about the new Land Rover Defender, which should be announced fully within the next month or so, but the newest Defender will be here for a while after arrival. Instead, a unique opportunity has come up that I would be remiss if I didn’t inform our readers of.
Coming up for auction here very soon is none other than this 1966 Land Rover Series IIA 88 owned by one of the key spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama. Set to go to auction at the Annual Auburn Fall event in Indiana tomorrow, this Land Rover was owned by the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, and has been in his family for almost for almost four decades now.
Recently brought to the United States, this Series IIA 88 apparently received somewhere around $49,000 in restoration work, and is expected to sell for somewhere in the mid-$100,000s. But even better, the vehicle comes with much of the paperwork, including the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate and the original owner’s manual signed by Cheogyal.
For all you wondering who Cheogyal is, you have to realize that although the Dalai Lama owned this Land Rover, it was actually his brother (Tenzin Cheogyal) who would drive the vehicle typically.
Take a look at some more pictures of this amazingly restored Land Rover, and let us know what you think the value of a vehicle owned by one of the Dalai Lama is!