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Winston's Wheels

Churchill at Chartwell with cigar and wheels Photo: Cheffins auctioneers

A Land Rover which was made especially for Winston Churchill is to go up for auction in October.

The vehicle was given to the wartime PM in 1954 at his home in Chartwell in Kent as an 80th birthday present and was fitted with custom-made wide seats in deference to his wide frame.

The 4x4 stayed in the Churchill family after his death and was passed onto his son-in-law Christopher Soames who put the Land Rover to use at his farm in Tonbridge.

It was sold for £160 during a sale of farm equipment and the new owner had no idea it had been custom-made for Churchill himself and he used it at first to tow a horse-box before storing it in a shed

Churchill's Land Rover as it is today Credit: Cheffins

The Land Rover is now being sold via Cambridge auctioneers Cheffins. Features also include a heater, leather grab-handle and padded fold-down arm rest - all fitted with Churchill in mind and to ensure his comfort. It's understood he used to drive the vehicle around the 300-acre Chartwell estate.

Jeremy Curzon of Cheffins said: “It's quite clear that there is going to be a lot of interest. It's a fascinating item. In view of Churchill’s position as the foremost statesman of the 20th century, we expect a lot of interest.”

The sale will take place on October 20th at the Cheffins sale ground in Sutton near Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Winston driving around his Chartwell estate Credit: Cheffins