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1951 Land Rover 80

Lot 76 (The Pavilion Gardens, 27th November 2019)

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: ESK 759
Chassis No: 16100061
Mot Expiry: Nov 2020

- The 61st home market Land Rover 80 made for the 1951 model year, original 1.6 litre OISE engine

- The subject of much past restoration work and recently recommissioned following a period of dry storage

- Said to possess 'superb history', spade back seats, canvas tilt and MOT'd till Nov 2020

"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 and more than 70 years after the prototype first ran Land Rovers are still giving faithful service all around the world.


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