15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 25

1965/2006 Land Rover / Range Rover 'Series IIA' 5.5 litre V8 Special
Entered from a private collection

Sold for £10,688

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: KPE 791C
Chassis No: 24122396C
MOT: February 2024

  • Professionally reconfigured by Lovell Landrovers of Lincoln (with work completed in early 2006)
  • Series IIA bodywork augmented by later doors and fitted to a shortened, coil-sprung Range Rover chassis
  • Powered by a Chevrolet 5.5 litre V8 engine built to fast road specification by Huddart Racing Engines of Crewe
  • ZF power assisted steering, more modern heater, roll-over bar, canvas tilt

Having a penchant for 'Specials', especially if their creation involves a serious horsepower increase, the vendor acquired ‘KPE 791C’ as a standard four-cylinder Land Rover Series IIA 88in during 2001. Dissatisfied with the way it went, stopped and handled, he hatched a plan to transform the 4x4’s dynamic capabilities. Professionally reconfigured by Lovell Landrovers of Leicester, ‘KPE 791C’ had its body augmented with extended wheel arches and later doors (incorporating wind-up windows) before being transplanted onto a shortened Range Rover chassis. The latter retained its coil-sprung suspension, power assisted steering, automatic transmission, high / low transfer box and disc brakes etc. The search for extra performance led the seller to commission Huddart Racing Engines of Crewe to build a ‘fast road’ 340 cu in (5.5 litre) V8 engine for the project. Boasting an Eagle cast crankshaft, uprated conrods, hypereutectic pistons, Pro-Action Hi-torque cylinder heads, Crane hardened pushrods, Crane camshaft and Holley 600cfm carburettor, the powerplant exhales via a Custom Stainless Steel Racing Exhaust.

Kept garaged as part of a private collection, ‘KPE 791C’ is a real ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. Featuring a far more efficient heater and uprated CD Tuner with iPod interface, the Chevy-powered 'Landie / Rangie' hybrid has covered less than 2,000 miles since its completion during early 2006. Riding on 16x7J wheels and equipped with a substantial roll-over hoop and canvas tilt, ‘KPE 791C’ would doubtless cost considerably more than the guide price to replicate today. An intriguing and pleasingly understated Special, the 4x4 is offered for sale with V5C registration document (which classifies it as a ‘Historic Vehicle’), Huddart Racing Engines and Lovell Landrover invoices plus sundry paperwork. Ideal for ‘greenlaning’ or generating smiles on a shoot?

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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