Lot 105 - 1956 Land Rover Series 1 “88 inch”

£12,980

Auction Spring Classics March 2016

Lot Details

Lot Number 105
Reg. Number 464 XUV
Chassis Number 11700609
Year 1956
Make Land Rover
Model Series 1

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Description

The Land Rover Series I, II, and III (commonly referred to as series Land Rovers, to distinguish them from later models) are off-road vehicles produced by the British manufacturer Land Rover that were inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep. In 1992, Land Rover claimed that 70% of all the vehicles they had built were still in use. Land Rover entered production in 1948 with what was later termed the Series I.

This was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It was originally designed for farm and light industrial use, and had a steel box-section chassis, and an aluminium body. In mid-1956 the wheelbases were extended by 2 inches (51 mm) to 88 inches (2,200 mm) and 109 inches (2,800 mm), and the front chassis cross-member was moved an inch forward, to accommodate the new diesel engine, to be an option the following year. This change was made to all models with the exception of the 107 Station Wagon, which would never be fitted with a diesel engine, and would eventually be the last series I in production. These dimensions were to be used on all Land Rovers for the next 25 years.

This fabulous example of this iconic British 4X4 was fully restored in 2013 to a high standard and comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate which was issued in 2009. Presented in the classic dark green with green interior, this example is still more than capable of attacking the off-road terrain they were originally built to cope with. The Series 1 is the model which is the most sought after and an example in this condition is extremely hard to come by. Not to be missed.


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