Land Rover Series 1 80" Ken Wheelwright Restoration Series 1 80" 1952 Model Year & Bronze Green Vehicle We are happy to have on offer a 261***** vehicle. This vehicle was originally built on 11th October 1951 and despatched from the factory on 23rd October 1951. 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 66 years old and retains all it's original running gear is outstanding let alone to be restored to such a high standard. Direct from 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 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 the original chassis, painted in the correct age matching bronze green and most original components reconditioned the vehicle sits on Avon Traction Mileage Tyres unfortunaty the sought after Dunlop T28 Trakgrip Tyres as used on many previous restorations are no longer available. 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. This vehicle really has to be viewed to be appreciated as it really is stunning the attention to detail is excellent. For more detailed pictures and information please see the vehicle on our website. Opportunities to purchase such a highly restored vehicle don't often come up so please don't miss this one. http://www.williamsclassics.co.uk/vehicles-for-sale/land-rover-series-1-80-ken-wheelwright-restoration/ Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Miles on 078255 87155.
Land Rover Series 1 80" 1952 Model Year The vehicle was first registered 7th February 1952. This vehicle has been recently recommissioned by ourselves, it formed part of a large collection of Series 1's that we acquired earlier in the year. Other vehicles from the collection will be advertised shortly. The vehicle is presented well and has previously been restored to a good standard. Including all the galvanised cappings, door frames and windscreen being stripped and re finished this vehicle is not to be confused with a lower quality restoration with silver painted cappings and a quick respray this vehicle has been fully stripped during restoration and the bodywork has been painted off the vehicle. This is one of the main differences that will effect the re sale value. BODYWORK All the bodywork is in good condition and the paintwork is too a very high standard. The rear tub unlike most Land Rovers is remarkably straight and original in the back and doesn't show any signs of hard use. Matching rear bench seats have been fitted. The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and in great condition. This is an aluminium bulkhead model. The chassis is in good condition and is original and has been restored to a high standard having had any necessary outriggers and crossmembers replaced. INTERIOR It has a complete set of matching front seats that are the correct type for the age of the vehicle. It had also had a new canvas and flaps from Undercover Covers which looks great against the bronze green bodywork. Front and rear mats have also been added which finish off the vehicle well. There has certainly been no expense spared on this Land Rover over the years and the vehicle has had a thorough recommissioning. UNDER THE BONNET The engine bay has been well detailed and finished to a high standard. The restoration includes the correct 2 litre engine which is a Siamese bore type. The rebuilt 2-litre petrol engine gives huge improvements in reliability and drivability. The later 80" vehicles were all fitted with 2 litre engines and do drive really well with the added power of the 2 litre engine as the 1.6 always seemed a little underpowered particularly on long hills. ON THE ROAD The engine busts into life at the turn of the key. It always starts first time and is a great runner. The vehicle really does pull very well and is a joy to drive. With the canvas sides rolled up and the door tops off this vehicle really does draw some attention. Especially when you put the windscreen down it really is an experience to drive. The vehicle will be supplied with a full 12 month MOT although the vehicle is now mot and tax exempt. It has a selectable four wheel drive gearbox which is correct for the vehicle. The gears change up and down as they should and goes through all the gears as it should. Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, this is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place. During our recommissioning the vehicle has benefited from a new fuel tank, new master cylinder, brakes overhauled, new water pump, 4 new correct specification leaf springs, etc. The vehicle is fitted with 5 matching 6.00 x 16 Tyres which look great and are all brand new. SUMMARY This is a fantastic example of a Series 1 that is very useable whilst not in concours condition this is a very good value for money vehicle. Which is ready to use and enjoy this summer. This is one of the best value for money 1952 80" we have ever had the opportunity to own. This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners. It is a fantastic example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy. If you are an investor, then you will already know how these vehicles have appreciated over the last 5 years some doubling and others even tripling in value. This a very honest 65 year old Series Land Rover. What you see is what you get it looks and drives exactly as it should. You will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the vehicle. Opportunities to purchase a genuine 1952 model don't often come up so please don't miss this one. Try our new free valuations service http://www.williamsclassics.co.uk/valuations/ http://www.williamsclassics.co.uk Any trail or inspection welcome, Credit and debit cards accepted, Delivery can also be arranged, P/X welcome, Any enquires please call 01745 798681 or 078255 87155.