• Recently Recommissioned • Honest patina/bodywork • Original canvas
The Land Rover Series I was produced by The Rover Company in 1948 and continued under production of British Leyland. Prior to the war Rover were producing high end luxury cars but in a bid to be relevant in what was a very difficult time it was decided a more agricultural vehicle was needed as the country had many years of rebuilding ahead of it.
It was deliberately a very simple, rugged, utilitarian design that was different to nearly all other trucks and 4WD vehicles of the time. Mass produced and offering a hard top version, it was mounted on a sturdy box frame and due to the post war steel shortage a lot of Aluminium was used in its production thus ensuring a certain amount of longevity due to its rust resistant properties.
The Land Rover was actually designed to only be in production for two or three years to gain some cash flow for Rover and allow the export of orders over seas so it could restart its up-market car production.
However, once car production restarted, it was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover, which developed into its own brand that remains successful today.
The Series 1 before you was purchased as a lockdown project by the current owner. It was a barn find in the sense that it had been laid up for a number of years in dry storage. It was actually dry storage, not just a lean too so the car is in remarkable condition.
The current owner purchased the vehicle and set about recommissioning it. Bar a few items that have been re-painted the bodywork remains the same, instead the owner focused on any perished mechanical items and spent time on making sure the vehicle once again operates as intended.
The vehicle itself has documentation to say that from new it was licenced to Somerset County Council as was part of the Fire Service. There is evidence of this on the bodywork with red paint, presumably its original coat, starting to wear through in places.
Now that the vehicle is roadworthy once more, the time has come to move the project on to someone who will use it.
The car comes with a few original documents such as the original licences record and the V5.
There is also a stack of receipts from all the parts the owner has recently fitted to recommission the vehicle, the more significant of which are included in this listing.
The interior, as with most Series 1 Land Rovers is sparse. In fairness that’s how it was designed, utilitarian. There is common wear on in the rear with one minor hole (pictured) half way down the passenger side rear inner arch/bench.
In the front, the seats have been stripped the frames refurbished and the seat pads recovered in fresh green chesterfield vinyl. The dash has also received a fresh lick of paint.
The wiper motor has been stripped, sent off and rebuilt.
The horn and dipped beam switches work on the steering wheel which can be common failure points and the only thing that doesn’t seem to operate in the entire cabin is the Amp meter.
Under the drivers seat, the fuel tank and sender have been replaced with a brand new units. The front windscreen also has the small brackets/arms to fasten the window to the bonnet should you wish to drive with the front windscreen folded flat.
The door seals were found to have perished and so have been replaced.
The body of this Land Rover wears its history well. The paint Is weathered and has great patina, even showing some of its earlier colours underneath as mentioned above.
The body panels being aluminium are free from rot and have a few dings and dents here and there but are solid. The doors and the top halfs are all present.
The 4 wheels fitted to the vehicle have been blasted and freshly powdercoated then had brand new tyres fitted. The spare is present mounted on the bonnet but does not have a new tyre.
The canvas seems to be original and is in fantastic shape apart from one small hole on the rear upper portion the size of a golf ball.
The rear tow bar/bumper iron has been repainted.
Underneath the vehicle there is surface corrosion on most of the running gear however it is in a serviceable condition.
The car runs and drives without issue and with particular note the transmission and transfer box are without fault which is pleasing to see.
The engine was in great used condition but has had the head gasket done as part of the refresh.
As part of the recommission work the following mechanical items have been replaced or fixed:
- Spark Plugs
- Dynamo has been rebuilt
- Horn button and dip switch fixed
- Indicator switch fixed
- Heater control knob fixed
- New shock absorbers
- New windscreen washer motor
- And the carburettor has been rebuilt
- The brake shoes, master cylinder and some of the associated pipework has also been replaced
The Series 1 Land Rover is iconic. Its simple rugged go-anywhere design served our armed forces and many other professions for years.
Such a good design it was that over the years the design hasn’t altered all that much and modern Land Rovers owe their success to the granddaddy of them all the series 1.
Today they are fairly collectible, and many are snapped up by hipsters to restore and then trundle around in.
This particular example is fantastic in that the owner has been careful not to over restore it as part of the recommission and keep all of the history it wears on the outside, present.
If you are looking for a largely original very capable lightweight 4x4 that has all the character anyone could ever need and isn’t afraid to get a little bit dirty, you could well have found it here!
Present correct and ready for duty, even at 71 years old!
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