Land Rover Series 1 80" 1948 MY Lights Behind the Grille Silver Chassis A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptionally restored and very desirable 1948 Land Rover Series 1 80". 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. The first 3,000 vehicles made with a silver chassis, ring pull gearbox and lights behind the grille as the most distinct features. The car is chassis number 8623** Vehicles like this don't often come on the market in fact at present I don't think there is any other 1948 advertised on the open Uk market. A very rare opportunity indeed. BODYWORK In very good original condition, including the correct 1948 tailgate, wire door top hinges, open rear crossmember with 2 holes for the PTO. The rear tub unlike most Land Rovers is remarkably straight and original in the back and doesn't show any signs of hard use and currently has no rear bench seats fitted this is how they were for a 1948 model however should the buyer request matching rear bench seats can be fitted. The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and in great condition. The chassis is in good condition and is original and has been restored to a high standard having had any necessary outriggers. It has then been finished in the factory correct silver finish. This vehicle is one of the rare silver chassis models which were made for only a very short period the reason for this was the original pre production Land Rovers had galvanised chassis's and so to match the original brochures there were painted the same colour. This vehicle has always had a spare wheel fitted in the back and it can also be fitted on the bonnet should the buyer wish. The underside of the bonnet is unpainted and back to the bare aluminum as it would have left the factory the rear tub is also the same. INTERIOR It has a complete set of front seats from Exmoor trim that are the correct square back type for the age of the vehicle. It has also had a new canvas and flaps in Sand which looks great against the sage green bodywork. Front and rear mats have also been added which finish off the vehicle well. The load area is exceptionally clean and doesn't show any sights of heavy use. There has certainly been no expense spared on this Land Rover and the vehicle has had a thorough restoration. UNDER THE BONNET The engine bay has been well detailed and finished to a high standard. The restoration includes an overhauled 1.6 litre engine that the correct type for the vehicle. A more modern coil has been fitted to improve reliability and also the vehicle has benefited from a new refurbished carburettor and distributor. 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 and ready to use and enjoy this summer. 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. It has a permanent four wheel drive gearbox which is the early ring pull type and 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. SUMMARY This is a fantastic example of a Series 1 restoration which is ready to use and enjoy this summer. The chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself. This is one of the best value for money 1948 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 10 years some doubling and others even tripling in value. This a very honest 70 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. This is perfect to celebrate this years 70th anniversary of Land Rovers. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the vehicle. 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 078255 87155 or 01745 798681.
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.