Lot 131 - 1982 Land Rover Series III 88 Country (short wheelbase)
|Odometer reading||54,500 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,754|
The iconic Land Rover Series I, II, and III (commonly referred to as 'Series' Land Rovers, to distinguish them from later models) are off-road vehicles produced by the British manufacturer, Land Rover. Land Rover claim that 70% of the vehicles ever made are still in use today - a claim first made in the 1992 brochure and repeated many times since. This is a brave claim for any motor manufacturer but judging by the mechanical efficiency of this 1982 example, one that we would be reluctant to refute.
This fantastically original 1982 Series III was originally supplied to Land Rover UK Ltd, Solihull in May 1982 and used as a demonstrator until it was sold to its first keeper, a Mr. Bourne from Toot Baldon. Mr Bourne has remained the keeper until this day and as such for a Land Rover has covered very few miles, just 54,500, from new. Since 1998, YDU 166X has been dry stored and declared SORN having seen little or no use. Earlier this year, it was fully re-commissioned ready for a new owner. Boasting original safari top and wheels wrapped in new tyres this example has not been cannibalised like so many and holds a lovely patina just as any self-respecting Series III should. Offered with a V5 registration document and new MoT test certificate until May 2018, this is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a sought-after original example with low ownership and mileage, with Land Rover no longer producing this type, this Series III can also be considered an appreciating British classic.