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Lot 423: Land Rover Series I

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Inspired by the US Army's wartime 'Jeep', developed in haste and intended for short-term, small-scale production, the Land Rover would defy its creators' initial scepticism. Rover bosses the Wilks brothers saw the need for a tough, four-wheel-drive, utility vehicle to serve the needs of the agricultural community in the immediate post-war years, but the Land Rover's runaway success took the company by surprise. The necessity of using corrosion resistant aluminium panels at a time of severe steel shortage turned into a positive virtue in the Land Rover's sphere of operations, and the use of existing components kept production costs down and cut development time. Built between 1949 and 1958, the Series I Land Rover was available in no fewer than five different wheelbase lengths ranging from 80" to 109". The original 1.6-litre petrol engine was soon superseded by a 2.0-litre unit (in 1952) and the company set about developing its own diesel, which was first offered in 1956. Finished in green, this short-wheelbase Series I was extensively restored 4-5 years ago, including bodywork repairs, and remains very original. We are advised that approximately 700 of this model were made with the diesel engine, like this example, which was supplied with a full canvas roof. Described as in generally excellent condition, the vehicle is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number423
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8050
Year1956
Condition rating2
Registration numberMBW 707
Mileage-
Chassis number111800168
Engine number276067
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors