The Rover Company introduced the Land Rover Series 1 80 inch in 1948 as more of a stop-gap to match Rover production requirements. Inspired by the American Willys Jeep, it was adaptable, durable and soon became a popular utility vehicle both in the UK and overseas. These models have now become a cult classic – sought after by enthusiasts who find the vehicles equally suited to every day use as they are to special occasions and historic rallies.
This exceptional example, finished in bronze green, has been the subject of a body-off restoration. Works carried out include: the repairing of the chassis as required, an engine rebuild and the fitting of a 1998cc cylinder block, crankshaft and head, whilst retaining the 1600cc ancillaries for authenticity. A rebuilt 1951 gearbox has been installed. All running gear has been overhauled, including the braking system, axles and hubs. A new steering box has been fitted, together with a new wiring loom, starter motor, dynamo, fuel pump, headlamps, tyres and tubes.
The canvas hood and seats have been renewed and new seats have been installed in the rear compartment, with rubber floor matting. The bodywork has been restored and new outer front wings, both doors and tailgate fitted. We are informed that a full respray has been carried out, including the interior and engine compartment; however, the front wing upper panels now have minor paint defects.
The V5C registration certificate is supplied with the vehicle, together with the MOT test certificate which expires 16.3.2012. The tax exempt road fund licence is valid until 31.12.2011.
Guide: £8000 - 9500