Land Rover Series 1 80" Lights Behind the Grill World Class Restoration
( Part of a Renowned Restorers Private Collection)
On offer a R0610**** vehicle. This vehicle was originally built in on 7th November 1949 and despatched from the factory on 10th November 1949.
This is a bronze green chassis and body example and still has all its original running gear, gearbox and axles. The engine is a factory original replacement which was not un-common for vehicles during this period. To find a vehicle that is 69 years old and retains all it's original running gear is outstanding let alone to be restored to such a high sympathetic standard to when the vehicle left the factory.
Restored by Kevin Roskruge for his own private collection, himself a well known and renowned restorer of rare Vintage Bentley, Lagonda and Alfa Romeo motor cars to concours standards for the last 45 years.
When Maurice Wilks, Rover's chief designer, came up with a plan to produce a light agricultural utility vehicle in 1947 he would have no idea that his design would become an icon and launch a whole new industry sector. The original Land Rover was presented in sage green with a canvas roof and revolutionised rural transport. As an engineering marvel it can still outstrip its modern counterparts, and the Series I rightly belongs in the Motoring Hall of Fame. Hugely successful globally, improvements were made throughout the production run. In 1950 the lights moved from a position behind the grill to protrude through the grill and in 1952 a larger 2.0 litre petrol engine replaced the original 1.6 litre.
When Kevin Roskruge took ownership of the Land Rover he undertook a full nut and bolt restoration, so comprehensive that it would require a full page to list everything that was done. A brief summary includes the original chassis galvanised and painted in the correct age matching bronze green and most original components reconditioned the vehicle sits on Avon 600 - 16 Traction Mileage tyres. When some parts were found to be beyond repair, original Land Rover new-old stock components were used. The engine, gearbox, axles etc were completely rebuilt at the same time and this vehicle really does tick over like a watch and pulls with plenty of power. This is a full nut and bolt restoration and not one to be confused with a cosmetic or over restored restoration. In addition a new wiring loom, brake and clutch components were fitted as was a new canvas roof and rear seats.
Any inspection is invited and the vehicle will be supplied with a new 12 month MOT.
To our knowledge this is the best collector quality vehicle on the market at present.
Jaguar Land Rover’s reborn programme would charge in excess of £120,000 for a similar vehicle as they do later 86” models starting at £80,000 however the 1949 vehicles are all over £120,000. There is also a minimum 2 year waiting list.
After World War Two, Rover's chief engineer Maurice Wilks used an ex Military Willys Jeep around his farm in Anglesey and was impressed with its abilities, yet when the time came to replace the vehicle.....