Inspired by the US Army’s wartime ‘Jeep’, developed in haste and intended for short-term, small-scale production, the Land Rover would defy its creators’ initial scepticism. Rover bosses the Wilks brothers saw the need for a tough, four-wheel-drive, utility vehicle to serve the needs of the agricultural community in the immediate post-war years, but even so the Land Rover’s runaway success took the company by surprise.
Ruggedly built and simple in construction, the Land Rover proved capable of surviving in countries where conditions were primitive (to say the least), a virtue that helped contribute to its worldwide acceptance. Indeed, it is estimated that two-thirds of all Land Rovers ever produced are still in existence today.
Offered here is a much loved, very early ‘headlights through the grille’ 1951 Land Rover 80”, in Bronze Green with Green interior. Notable features include the squared off rear brake lights, front grille and lack of door handles, all early features. Like many Series 1s, at some point the engine was upgraded to a 2.25 petrol engine so this Series 1 has better power than standard. Some previous welding has taken place and the chassis appears to be in good order and without heavy waxoiling. In 2011 the brakes were overhauled at Dunsfold DLR Land Rover and this Series 1 has done little mileage since.
This Land Rover has been dry stored for a number of years with only occasional summer use. Some recommissioning work has just taken place by Land Rover specialist Rudkin Land Rover of Crewkerne, including a new head gasket, gearbox refresh and a service.
The speedometer has been rebuilt and now functions as it should do. The best way to enjoy this Land Rover is without the roof, wind in your hair and not a care in the world. Get used to the attention you’ll get – much more than in a priceless Ferrari! Offered with a sensible reserve and not to be missed.
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