Lot 297 - 1981 Land Rover Classic (four door) *WITHDRAWN*

Lot 297 - 1981 Land Rover Classic (four door)  *WITHDRAWN*

Lot 297 - 1981 Land Rover Classic (four door) *WITHDRAWN*

Lot Number 297
Registration VLB 709X
Chassis Number LHAMV1AA115180
Engine Number 11D01829
Odometer reading 35,000 miles
Estimate £9,000 - £14,000


The first generation Range Rover was initially not designed as a luxury 4x4; while certainly up-market compared to preceding Land Rover models. The early Range Rovers had fairly basic, utilitarian interiors with vinyl seats and plastic dashboards designed to be washed down with a hose. Features such as power assisted steering, carpeted floors, air conditioning, cloth/leather seats, and wooden interior trim were fitted later. It was a body-on-frame design with a box section ladder type chassis similar to contemporary Land Rovers. It utilised coil springs as opposed to leaf springs, permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel disc brakes and was originally powered by the Rover V8 engine.

This represents an early four-door model, the first year of production for the four-door. Offered in Shetland Beige, a rare colour combination only in production for two years. The trim is the original bronze velvet which shows very little sign of wear, all in keeping with the low mileage of this example. Also original are the one-piece door trims in palomino. As with these early four-door examples, it has the pop riveted wings and body panels as does the two-door, this was changed at the BA series.

The vendor describes the car as "Mechanically very very good, drives tight and performs well with no feeling of wear in any of the mechanics". We are informed the underside is completely original and solid with no welding or repairs, this has recently been stripped and treated with Waxoil and, importantly, we have photos before, during and after this treatment. Offered with desirable power steering, its original jack and majority of the tools, coupled with a history file in which an MoT test certificate, valid until June 2018, can be found. With prices buoyant for these early Range Rovers, do not confuse quality with price; however, this has been suitably cherished and priced sensibly.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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