1953 Land Rover Series I
|Estimate||£18,000 - £23,000|
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 Series I Land Rover was registered in May 1953 and has been owned by the vendor since 1989. During his tenure, this iconic Series I Land Rover has benefited from an impressive list of work that includes a ground up mechanical restoration. We are informed that the axles have been overhauled, a new clutch, water pump, fuel tank and sender were fitted and that the electrics have been replaced. We are also informed that this classic 4x4 is, unsurprisingly, a joy to drive. The file for this Land Rover contains pictures of the restoration works, a V5C registration document and various bills and receipts. The bodywork was untouched during the work carried out and presents well in classic Land Rover Green with an authentic patina. The canvas covers are also in good order. This Land Rover Series I is a fine example and given the values achieved by recent sales of similar models, appears to be extremely well estimated. Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate its quality.
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