Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vintage personal car is now available for sale and you too can buy it! The 1966 Land Rover that belonged to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is now available for sale in an auction. The registration for biddings are now live.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama used this Land Rover Series IIA as his personal vehicle from 1966 to 1976 while in exile in Dharamshala, India. The Himalayan town became the temporal home of the His Holiness after his escape from Tibet when the Chinese invaded Tibet. Even though His Holiness the Dalai Lama never drove the vehicle, he used the vehicle to roam around a lot and spent a long time on the co-driver seat.
According to the news story in Cartoq, “He used the vehicle quite frequently and travelled in it often. The car was restored in 2006 and during the restoration, it had more than 1.10 lakh km on the odometer. The vehicle was not only in India but it crossed the border to reach Nepal several times and also travelled throughout the Himalayan range. Of course, the low-ratio 4X4 capabilities of the Land Rover Series IIA did come in handy. Since the Himalayan roads remained unpaved for a long time and it was not an easy road ahead, only 4X4 vehicles were able to climb to these places.”
The Tibetan spiritual leader took the delivery of the Land Rover Series IIA in 1966 and used it as his personal car. While the care was sold after ten years of usage and there is no record of vehicle after that, it came back for a restoration job at West Coast British in 2005. The story explained that the restoration took a whole year and the car still has the original engine.
It will go on sale on 29th August and the price is estimated between $100,000 and $150,000. You can buy it by registering yourself here.