Land Rover Series 1 80" Ken Wheelwright Restoration
Series 1 80" 1953 Model Year & Bronze Green Vehicle
We are happy to offer this vehicle which is 1883th 1953 home market Series 1 made. This vehicle was originally built on December 1953 and first registered 3rd December 1952.
It carries the fantastic original registration number of PAU 567 which looks fantastic on the vehicle. This vehicle had been in North Yorkshire for most of it's life. The vehicle was then found in Halifax by Mr Wheelwright. The vehicle is complete with its original buff logbook and the current V5C shows Mr Wheelwright as a previous owner.
This is a bronze green example and still has all its original running gear, matching number engine, gearbox and axles. To find a vehicle that is 67 years old and retains all its original running gear is outstanding let alone to be restored to such a high standard.
This vehicle was restored by Ken Wheelwright, the master restorer who has been restoring Land Rovers for more than 30 years. It was then sold to a customer in the Isle of Man where the vehicle has only done 3,500 miles. The vehicle still looks like it has just been restored today which is a testament to the quality of the workmanship that Ken did.
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.
One man who has come to be known as the worlds leading authority on early Land Rovers, and indeed the go-to restorer for leading collectors and Land Rover themselves, is Ken Wheelwright. Working from his Yorkshire farm, Ken's restorations included three early pre-production prototype Land Rovers, two Tickford Station Wagons, the first Automobile Association restored 80 inch now on display at the Coventry Motor Museum and a Tickford Land Rover for the British Heritage Motor Museum. Four other vehicles are in a German museum collection, along with an exact replica of a Land Rover factory Transporter which took two years to build from archive pictures only. The most notable of Ken's achievements came when he was chosen as one of Jaguar Land Rover's preferred restorers, having supplied them with two Series I Land Rovers in dark bronze green that have featured on television programmes worldwide.
As a testament to his unsurpassable reputation Ken was commissioned by Land Rover to restore a Series IIA Land Rover which had been owned by the Wilks' family and was presented to the founder on his retirement from the Rover Company in 1965. This vehicle now forms part of Land Rover's own heritage collection, joining Ken's other restored Land Rovers. As befits the work of a no nonsense Yorkshireman we will end the superlatives here and move on to the Land Rover itself.
When Ken 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. There is documented restoration pictures and annotated notes detailing the rebuild. A brief summary includes the original chassis, painted in the period correct matching bronze green and most original components reconditioned. The vehicle even sits on superseded and highly sought after new Dunlop T28 Trakgrip 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 restoration. In addition a new wiring loom, brake and clutch components were fitted as was a new canvas roof. Extras included a period Clayton Heater, rear bench seats and a fairly overdrive unit. All of which are fantastic extras that really do finish the vehicle off and make it a pleasure to drive.
This vehicle really has to be viewed to be appreciated as it really is stunning the attention to detail is excellent.
Opportunities to purchase such a highly restored vehicle don't often come up so please don't miss this one. We have seen many Wheelwright restorations having assisted the family for many years with their vehicles and to say the least this is one of the best examples that I would say was during the late Mr Wheelwright's prime years.
Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Miles on the details below.
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