Lot 218 - 1953 Land Rover Series 1 (80")

Lot 218 - 1953 Land Rover Series 1 (80")

Lot 218 - 1953 Land Rover Series 1 (80")

Lot Number 218
Registration OYD 232
Chassis Number 36101650
Engine Number N/A
Odometer reading 79,022 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £25,000
Result Sold - £16,520

In the aftermath of the second world war, Rover's chief engineer Maurice Wilks used a ‘demobbed' Willys Jeep around his farm in Anglesey and was impressed with its abilities. Eventually, it wore out and he was keen to replace it with a British vehicle, however, nothing remotely similar was available. Coincidentally, his brother Spencer, who was Managing Director at Rover, had reached the same conclusion as he struggled to get his Rover 10 to reach the more inaccessible parts of his estate on Islay. This is where `The Best 4x4 by Far' started - a utility vehicle devised in 1947, they would have no idea that Maurice's resulting design would become an icon and launch a whole new industry sector. The vehicle appeared as the 'Land Rover' in 1948 and proved so popular with the military and the farming fraternity that demand massively outstripped supply.

This 1953, 80", Series 1 Land Rover with canvas tilt was registered new in Somerset where it has remained with the four previous recorded keepers, one of which is believed to have been in the Somerset fire brigade. The previous owner purchased this in 1995 and, while in his ownership, he restored it including a new bulk head, carried out body repairs, repainted the car in Land Rover blue, reconditioned the gearbox and transfer box, fitted a new wiring loom, new fuel pump. The cosmetics were completed with a new beige canvas tilt, reconditioned wheels with new tyres, new front bumper and seats re-trimmed. This Series 1 is supplied with a V5C registration document and a file containing invoices from the restoration, previous maintenance receipts, old MoT test certificates and other sundry paperwork.

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.

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