Most common eras

1949 Land Rover Series 1 80 Ken Wheelwright Restoration For Sale

This advert viewed 6393 times
  • £70,000 Or near offer
  • 1949
  • Colwyn Bay
Message the seller
Price £70,000 Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Land Rover
Model Series 1
Year 1949
Country UK
Region Wales
Town Colwyn Bay
Telephone 07767 414000
Status Private
Date 23-Apr-2020
Ref C958659
Land Rover Series 1 80" 1949 MY Ken Wheelwright World Class Restoration

On offer a R8666*** vehicle. This vehicle was the 6*** vehicle off the production line and was originally built in July 1949. Part of an ex-dealers private collection.

This is a sage green chassis example and still has all its original running gear, engine, gearbox and axles. 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 standard. Very few vehicles were produced with the chassis and body both in sage green, at the same time Land Rover had started to announce that bronze green vehicles would be produced and so numbers of sage green vehicles around this time of year were very limited. There was fewer sage green chassis examples produced in total than silver chassis vehicles.

Restored by Ken Wheelwright the master restorer who has been restoring Land Rovers for more than 30 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.

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 include 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 Wheelwright 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 a new galvanised chassis, painted in the correct age matching sage green and most original components reconditioned the vehicle sits on Dunlop T28 Trakgrip Tyres, themselves vary rare. 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 and overdrive as was a new canvas roof, rear seats and overdrive.
Jaguar Land Rover’s reborn programme would charge in excess of £100,000 to supply something similar, as they do later 80” models starting at £80,000 however the 1949 vehicles are all over £100,000. There is also a minimum 2 year waiting list.

For further information call Mike 0n the details below
Login to edit this advert
Similar Adverts
Get notified about new similar ads

1950 Series 1 80"
Chassis Number 16160002
Imported From Australia

Great looking and very original "Lights Through The Grill" 80 inch

Fitted with a running 1.6 litre petrol engine - serial.....

Land Rover Series 1 80" 1951 Model in Great Condition

The vehicle was first registered 2nd January 1951.

The vehicle is presented well and has previously been restored to a good standard. Including.....

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.....

  • 17-Apr-2020
  • Wales
  • Private

Land Rover Series 1 80" 1949 R866 Lights Behind the Grille

A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptionally restored and very desirable 1949 Land Rover Series 1 80".

When Maurice Wilks, Rover's.....

1955 Series 1 86"
Chassis Number 57661552
Imported From Australia

Excellent chassis, the bulkhead is also very good apart from it needs some work to the top rail.

Fitted with a very good running.....

1957 Land rover Series 1 88"

45,000 miles from new
1 previous owner until 2016
Totally origonal interior. and body/paint
Heritage certificate
More info coming soon

£POA

  • Premium Dealer
  • 10
View advert

A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptionally original, unmolested & Very Desirable 1957 Series 1 Land Rover 88” Hardtop from an ex- dealers private collection.

Collectors Piece! One to be.....

  • 23-Apr-2020
  • Wales
  • Private

1952 Series 1 80"

Chassis Number 36660333

Imported From Australia

Supplied by Grenville Motors of Sydney on 30th December 1952 this 80" has it's original 2.0 litre engine which runs
Serial.....

1953 Series 1 80"
Chassis Number 36662170
Imported From Australia

Supplied by Grenville Motors of Sydney on 26th October 1953 this 80" comes with a 2 litre spreadbore engine although not currently.....

For sale, through JOHN BROWN 4X4 LTD, on behalf of a customer, Land Rover® Series 1 in Deep Bronze Green (1950).

2L Petrol. MOT Exempt. Tax Exempt. Date of first registration 31st December 1950.....