Lot 134 - 1954 Land Rover Series I (86”)
|Odometer reading||5,400 miles|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
- Restored over a five-year period
- Desirable 86" Series I example
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.
Originally registered on 1st January 1954, this Land Rover was completely restored by the previous owner over a five-year period. He purchased the car in June 2017 as a project and turned it into a truly excellent example. The chassis was shotblasted and the outriggers replaced where necessary, it was then rustproofed and painted accordingly. The bodywork was bare metal stripped and any corrosion cut-out and repaired as needed. The paintwork remains in exceptional condition with all the body panels visually straight. Mechanically, this Series I has been exceptionally well cared for, the engine was stripped and rebuilt and a new clutch fitted. The gearbox has new bearings and the brakes have been completely overhauled. This MoT and tax exempt 86 inch Series I, is supplied with a V5C registration document. With a ruggedness associated with the marque, yet steeped in history and tradition, viewing of this Land Rover is highly recommended to fully appreciate the quality of the restoration. Our vendor purchased the car around eighteen months ago, having driven Land Rover’s for his whole life and always hankering after a nice Series I. He has covered around 1,000 care-free miles in this excellent example but with a growing family has decided it is now time for its next custodian to enjoy it the way it deserves.
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