A Land Rover that was converted into the “Gastrowagon” and featured in the British television series River Cottage is going up for bidding December 11 during Bonhams’ MPH auction at England’s Bicester Heritage, the former RAF training base that has become a vintage vehicle showplace.
The television show featured celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Bonhams said the “Gastrowagon” recently underwent a complete restoration.
“The circa 1982 long wheelbase (109 inches) 4×4, converted as a camper-cum-kitchen, became familiar to viewers of the chef’s 1990s series A Cook on the Wild Side, as Hugh’s transport in which he toured the British countryside in search of wild ingredients,” Bonhams said in its announcement.
“Built especially for the program, the Gastrowagon’s unusual features include a fully functioning kitchen at the back with a two-burner hob, oven, and fridge, all in very good working order and covered by a wind/waterproof canopy.
“Sleeping accommodation is provided by a roof-mounted boat and ancillaries include a shower, basin – and vintage ice cream maker. One extra special feature is Hugh’s signature on the bulkhead.”
Bonhams said the vehicle had spent 25 years “in the wilderness” before being restored by Land Rover specialists John Brown 4×4, and now reportedly runs like new.
“Land Rovers are always popular at MPH sales and we are pleased to offer this true one-off which would be perfect for anyone wanting to take a post-lockdown staycation,” said Rob Hubbard, head of Bonhams MPH auctions.
Bonhams expects the vehicle to sell for £25,000 to £30,000 ($33,500 to $40,175).
Also on the MPH docket are a 1948 Land Rover Series 1 accessorized with a Capstan winch, a 1992 Land Rover Camel Trophy support vehicle that’s been driven to India and back three times, a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental formerly owned by Latin American band leader and Coconut Grove club owner Edmundo Ros, a 1957 AC Aceca, a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado “Mayhem” monster truck.
To view the full auction catalog, visit the Bonhams website.