Lot 71 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Registration No: UFX 549
Chassis No: 16103834
Mot Expiry: Exempt
- Retaining its bulkhead mounted sidelights and steering wheel mounted dipping system
- 1600cc petrol engine and tipping seats
- Home market example
A utility vehicle devised in 1947 by the Wilks brothers for use on their farm and inspired by the wartime Jeep, the Land Rover has become an iconic British success story. The use of aluminium panels, because of a shortage of steel, meant the bodies did not rust, and thanks to an ingenious high/low ratio four-wheel drive system, it was possessed of incredible climbing ability in all conditions including glutinous mud.
This sought after home market 80 inch example dates from 1951 and retains its bulkhead mounted sidelights, tipping seats and steering wheel mounted dipping system. Powered by a "believed original" 1600cc petrol engine, it is understood to have spent some of its life with the W.D. as identified by a plate on the bulkhead in the engine bay showing its W.D number, 35BD66. A brass plate on side of engine block states the engine was overhauled in 1956 to scale 2. Bore size 08. 030. This brass plate clearly shows, Ministry of Supply W.V.S. Offered with Swansea V5 together with a few old mots in the history file this early Landie is described as being in "good" condition regarding its bodywork, paintwork, transmission and interior.