MS Dhoni Buys Vintage Land Rover Series 3 SUV: BBT Online Auction
With this purchase, MS Dhoni will add another iconic car to its extensive collection of cars and motorcycles in its garage.
Although the Land Rover Series 3 is one of the most popular cars in the world with over 4 lakh units manufactured between 1971 and 1985, it is now a rare find. Especially, those that have been restored to their original glory.
Meanwhile, the Land Rover Series 3 was available in three different body styles – 2-door, 2-door pickup and 4-door station wagon.
Engine options include 2.25 liter inline four cylinder petrol engine with 72.41 hp, 2.25 liter inline four cylinder diesel engine with 61.68 hp, larger inline six cylinder petrol engine 85.82 hp 2.6-liter and a slightly more powerful 3.5-liter engine. 91.18 hp V8 petrol engine.
Since the 1970s, the only gearbox option available was the 4-speed manual transmission with a 2-speed transfer case.
Talking about this particular model bought by MS Dhoni, it is a Land Rover Series 3 style 4 door station wagon and it is a very rare model in India. However, the engine specification of the model is not yet known.
From the photos, it looks like the rare vintage model has been painstakingly restored to its original shape.
The beautifully restored Land Rover Series 3 purchased by Dhoni has a two-tone paint scheme where the roof and front windscreen are finished in white and the rest of the body finished in what looks like mustard yellow.
However, elements such as the grille and bumpers are finished in silver, while the exterior mirrors and door handles are finished in black. This creates a nice contrast and the vehicle looks more like a restoration project carried out by the parent company itself.
Now talking about the online auction, the well-known premium used car seller, Big Boy Toyz (BBT) has recently launched the online vintage car auction on its platform.
This particular online auction saw 19 classic cars, including vintage cars from Rolls Royces, Austins, Buicks, Chevrolets, Volkswagens and more.
According to Big Boy Toyz, the online classic car auction started with the Volkswagen Beetle for which bidding started at Rs 1 lakh and went up to Rs 25 lakh.
Making its foray into the vintage and classic car segment, BBT wants to make it Rs 100 crore vertical in the coming years. According to the company, the next auction is scheduled to take place in February 2022.
Thoughts on the Land Rover Series 3 SUV from MS Dhoni and Big Boy Toyz (BBT)
MS Dhoni buying the Land Rover Series 3 shows once again that India’s world cup winning captain has great taste in his cars and the beautifully restored Land Rover Series 3 will soon be moving to Ranchi.
Moreover, with the new vintage and classic car business, Big Boy Toyz aims to make it a Rs 100 Crore vertical business.