I have owned this vehicle for 2 years and am only the 3rd owner, having maintained it for the previous owner for the 10 years prior. As a result I am fairly confident in saying I know this vehicle inside out. It comes with a massive history file including the original handbooks and literature (specific to the export model) as well as fitting instructions and wiring diagrams for the myriad official Land-Rover accessories.
It is a very rare Searle (of Carawagon fame) Super Estate Wagon conversion, a package consisting of "luxury" interior trim and a tropical roof on a regular hard-top body. The package also claimed to offer rear bench seats (see pic) but there is no evidence these were ever fitted to this example. I have only seen evidence of two other surviving conversions of this type. Most of the interior trim remains in excellent condition.
Mechanically she is on the button. The steering is light and direct, the gearbox tight and the brakes strong. The original springs were replaced earlier this year with parabolics and NOS oil-filled shocks, so she now sits nice and level and rides like a dream (or as dreamily as cart springs can get). I am a fabricator by trade and over the years for the previous owner I have replaced both bulkhead pillars, footwells, grille panel and have performed any chassis welding necessary. She is extremely rust-free and the original chassis is in excellent condition with minimal welding, having been sprayed with chassis wax a few years ago under my instruction.
The 2.25 petrol engine has received a recent overhaul consisting of: new head gasket, new thermostat, new water pump, new sump gasket, new fan belt, the valves lapped in, and a sump clean-out. While the bottom end was off the big ends, pistons and bores were all checked and found to be in good condition. A new carb was fitted as the base plate of the original Zenith was warped, as they all do. The vehicle has covered a scarcely believable 217,000 miles and ran sweetly before the rebuild - but now runs even better! After retrieving her from storage earlier this year we have covered around 1000 miles, including a 200-mile round trip to the Series 2 Club national rally. She sat at 50mph (no overdrive!) in 30-degree heat while towing a trailer tent the whole way without breaking a sweat. With the recent engine work carried out and the shakedown trip to the rally I would now say this is a very well-sorted little Land-Rover. I have complete faith in this vehicle and would trust it to carry me the length of the country in a heartbeat.
Obviously the pictures will show that she is not a concours vehicle, but she has oodles of patina and great character. Much of the original paint survives and has faded to a delightful finish. I have done nothing but wash her and polish her with furniture wax to preserve the finish. It is far from perfect but we all like our old Land-Rovers with a bit of character, don't we? You can only look at so many shiny ones before you get bored! The patina and period charm of this one is impossible to replicate and the provenance, history and handbooks make it a very rare piece indeed. This is an extremely well-preserved piece of history that has had the necessary work done so that you can drive every day if you so desire.
The original elephant hide seats, leaf springs, SWB rims and 6.00x16 tyres will be included in the sale.
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There's a phone number in the brochure pic, give me a call if you would like to know any more or if you would like to see more pics, or even better to come and have a look (highly recommended)!
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Auburn Fall event, 29 August - 1 September 2019. Estimate:$100,000 - $150,000 Formerly owned by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai LamaMaintained in the Dalai Lama’s.....
A true example of an original Series Land Rover. Everything on the this Landy is original as the day it was made.
Only 42000 miles with a folder full of history showing old bills and how well kept.....