Lot 209 - 1969 12964 SWB Series 2A Lightweight (Ex-RAF)
|Result||Sold - £3,640|
The first Land Rover made its debut in 1948. It was designed with brilliant simplicity for extraordinary ability and unrivalled strength and durability. In fact, six decades on, it is estimated that two-thirds of all these incredible vehicles are still at work - many of them in some of the most extreme conditions and inhospitable places on earth. The original 1948 Land Rover was ingeniously designed and engineered for capability and strength. With robust construction and characteristics such as short front and rear overhangs, it drove off the production line ready to take on some of the world's toughest terrain. The Land Rover was the product of continuous evolution and refinement throughout the 1950's and 1960's with improved stability and a tighter turning circle. It was a period in which Land Rover took the lead in the emerging market for four-wheel drive vehicles. As a tough, reliable mobility platform, countless organizations came to depend on Land Rover vehicles to get personnel and equipment into the most challenging situations…and then safely out again.
Rover One was the military designation for the Series IIA airportable 'lightweight' Land Rover; the first 1500 or so built are distinguishable by having the headlights in the grill panel, including the car on offer today. This example was supplied to the RAF in 1969 were it remained in service until 1983. It is unknown where this series IIA was first stationed but it ended up at RAF Halton, the RAF training centre in the Chilterns and was painted in yellow inside and out with white wheels, as used at glider airstrips. In the early 2000's, the vehicle was purchased in good external condition but required work to the engine which the owner carried out to include a re-bore; he also replaced the rear cross member and fitted an overdrive unit. He displayed it at a number of shows but no-one believed that it was an ex-military; so he obtained a can of RAF blue paint and had it re-sprayed back to the correct colours and fitted a new canvas top. The current owner purchased this Land Rover about fourteen months ago and set about re-commissioning it after having been in storage for some time including rebuilding the brakes and changing all the oils. The car starts easily and runs well and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.