Lot 11 (The H&H Classic Motor Car Auction, 29th April 2020)
Sold for £14,625
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: 685 YUC
Chassis No: R8664915
Motor Car Location: Cheshire
"Designed to meet the urgent need for increased production in agriculture and industry, the Land Rover is a truly multi-purpose vehicle. It is fast and economical for use on the road, and at the same time has that ability to keep going under the very worst cross-country conditions which can only be achieved by four-wheel drive" ('The Land Rover' sales brochure, 1949).
This is where `The Best 4x4 by Far' started - a utility vehicle devised in 1947 by the Wilks brothers for use on their farm and inspired by the wartime Jeep. Aluminium panels, used because of a shortage of steel, meant the bodies did not rust, and thanks to an ingenious high/low ratio four-wheel drive system, the new small truck was possessed of incredible climbing ability in all conditions including glutinous mud. Initially powered by a 1595cc inlet-over-exhaust Rover engine, a 2-litre unit was soon adopted. More than 60 years after the prototype first ran, Land Rovers of all ages continue to give faithful service all around the world.