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Classic Land Rovers Collection - 11 x Early Series 1 80 For Sale

***Now individually priced - please enquire*** One of the fundamental principles of economics is the law of supply and demand. During World War II the US army had a need for a light 4WD vehicle capable of carrying troops as well as cargo. And so the Jeep was born. From 1941 through until 1945 Willys and Ford were the major supplier of Jeeps, in various configurations, to the US military and their allies. The history of the Rover Company dates back to the mid-1800s when it was selling sewing machines and then 'Safety' Tricycles and Bicycles. By the 1930s, it had evolved into a car company but was hit badly by the Depression. In common with many British industrial companies during World War II, its factories were turned over to the war effort and produced engines for tanks and aircraft. By 1945 and the end of World War II, Rover found itself with two excellent factories and a highly skilled workforce. It was looking at restarting car production and produced ambitious plans to build 20,000 cars per year. A new model, the 'M'-type was dropped when it became clear that it would be unsuitable for export and that tooling costs would be excessive. Plans to produce 15,000 of the pre-war designs per year were quickly quashed by the Government which refused to allocate steel for more than 1,100 cars per year. This serious short-fall led Rover to realise that a stop-gap solution was required until sufficient steel was available. The stop-gap also had to have export potential. Just to make things difficult, Rover had never exported any vehicles before! Maurice Wilks, Rover’s head of design, had been using ex-army Jeeps on his farm and realising that there was no real alternative to them decided that Rover would provide one. The first prototype Land-Rovers (1947) were actually built on Jeep chassis. The bodywork was made of an aluminium alloy called Birmabright. Using similar dimensions to the World War II Jeep, the first Land Rovers had an 80" wheelbase. This 80" wheel base, `Land Rover' was first unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show on 30th April 1948. It featured a steel box section chassis with an aluminium body and was powered by a 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder Rover engine from the P3 Rover car range developing around 50 hp. The gearbox was four speed Rover mated to a two-speed transfer box thus allowing 4WD operation. A PTO (power take off) was also fitted to enable the Land Rover to be used as a stationary power unit. Rover didn’t know what to expect but they need not have worried. The Land Rover was an outstanding success and the order books quickly over-flowed. A legend was born. This humble Land Rover is in many ways the pioneer of the ubiquitous SUV’s seen on our roads today. The very first Land Rovers, built from 1948 - 1953, used an 80” wheelbase and are today highly sought-after collector’s items. Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale an incredibly rare and unique collection of eleven Series 1 80” Land Rovers. It is the owner’s preference that the collection is sold as one lot, however, offers to purchase individual vehicles from the collection will be considered from Monday 13th May 2019. Please ensure that all enquiries on this collection are directed to [email protected] in the first instance. Following is an itemised description of the eleven Land Rovers in the Collection. Land Rover no: 1 Build date: CKD Model year: 1951 Despatch date: 05-Dec-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1951 Series 1 Land Rover with a later, 1952, 2-litre Siamese bore engine. Original gearbox, lights through the grill, car comes with fuel tank, but it’s currently not fitted. Land Rover no: 2 Build date: CKD Model year: 1951 Despatch date: 27-Sep-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Champions, Adelaide Description: 1951 Series 1 Land Rover with a later, series II, 2,25-litre engine with a later model gearbox. This is an original hard top car. The seats currently installed are not original, but original seats will go with the car. The bulkhead on this car is rusty. This car was last registered in 2010 in SA with the rego RCX549. Ex SAA road services rescue car. Land Rover no: 3 Build date: 15-Jun-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 17-Jun-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover. This is a matching numbers car with the original engine and gearbox Land Rover no: 4 Build date: 02-Jun-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 02-Jun-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover with a later, 2-litre, series 1 engine Land Rover no: 5 Build date: 02-Jun-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 02-Jun-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover original engine and gearbox. Gearbox is dismantled. The underside of the front cross member is rusty and probably needs replacing. Land Rover no: 6 Build date: 23-Mar-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 27-Mar-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Regent Motors, Melbourne Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover with full grill. The car doesn’t have its original engine. Currently, an early 1950 Vanguard engine is fitted in the car. Currently a NSW rego plate with the rego MAR372 is fitted to the car, however, it is not known whether this is the correct rego for the car. Land Rover no: 7 Build date: 23-Mar-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 23-Mar-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Annand & Thompson, Brisbane Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover with a later, 1955, 2-litre engine. Land Rover no: 8 Build date: 15-Mar-1950 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 16-Mar-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Regent Motors, Melbourne Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover the original engine and gearbox. The car also has the original spade seats. This car was first registered in Victoria with the rego SF523 as confirmed by the Association of Motoring Clubs in Victoria, Australia. Land Rover no: 9 Build date: 06-Dec-1949 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 04-Jan-1950 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover with a later, 1956, 2-litre engine. This car has the full grill and is a rare car originally part of a small group of Land Rovers purchased new by the Australian Navy. Land Rover no: 10 Build date: 23-Sep-1949 Model year: 1950 Despatch date: 27-Sep-1949 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1950 Series 1 Land Rover with the original engine and gearbox. The car does have a repair on one of the engine mounts. Fish plate chassis. Land Rover no: 11 Build date: 24-Aug-1949 Model year: 1949 Despatch date: 24-Aug-1949 Heritage certificate: Yes Dealer: Grenville, Sydney Description: 1949 Series 1 Land Rover with the original engine. This car has a ring pull transfer case as well as the original long nose diffs. It has a full grill and a fish plate chassis. The gearbox is an unnumbered exchange gearbox.
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