Lot 299 - 1957 Land Rover Series I
|Odometer reading||13,145 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £23,000|
- Fully restored
- Inward facing rear bench
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 late example Series I Land Rover was registered in August 1957 and following a ground-up restoration presents well in the classic Land Rover colour combination of dark green with a green interior. The canvas covers are also in good order, having been replaced during the restoration. We are informed by the vendor that this example is fun to drive and benefits from the practical inward facing rear bench seats. This iconic 4 x 4 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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