Lot 673: 1958 Land Rover Series I Hardtop
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 - including the P3 saloon’s 1,595cc, four-cylinder, sidevalve engine - 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 The original 1.6-litre petrol engine was soon superseded by a 2.0-litre unit (in 1952) and the company set about developing its own diesel, which was first offered in 1956.
This Land Rover Series I has the 88” wheelbase, introduced as the shortest option in 1956, and the 2.0-litre petrol engine. The vehicle was treated to a full restoration between 2006 and 2007, which included a new galvanised chassis and bulkhead, and re-galvanised rear body cappings. Completed only within the past few weeks, it is offered with restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to October 2008 and Swansea V5 registration document.
Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles|
Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£6670|
|Registration number||USJ 652|
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