Wed, 14th Oct 2015 12:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 38

1955 Land Rover 86

Sold for £39,938

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: USU 290
Chassis No: 17060671
Mot Expiry: Sept 2016

- Beautifully restored example showing less than 20 miles covered since completion

- Engine by Cox & Turner and transmission by R Whitehouse & Son

- Rare Fairey Capstan Winch fitted to front

Many consider the 86 to be the best of the Series 1 Land Rovers, and this example has recently exited a total nut and bolt restoration of the highest standard, regardless of cost, with the aim of preserving it for the next 60 years. The 2-litre 'spread bore' engine has been completely refurbished by one of the most respected specialists and finished in the correct Grey enamel. The gearbox and transfer case have been similarly restored. The clutch and fuel system are new and a stainless steel exhaust system and replacement solid state fuel pump have been installed. All the wiring has been replaced, and the nuts, bolts and general fittings re-plated. All galvanised parts have also been re-plated and refitted using the correct rivets. The bodywork has been carefully restored with some replacement panels; the paintwork meticulously prepared, with all components etch-primed, undercoated, and finished in two-pack Bronze Green. The galvanized chassis is finished in the same colour.

The bulkhead is said to be in 'perfect condition' and the Landie has been fitted with the later Burman recirculating ball steering box. The brake system features all new components, the spring and shackle assemblies have been replaced, and the steering wheel and instruments have been refurbished, while the seats and hood are new replacements courtesy of Exmoor Trim. The vehicle sports a new set of five original-pattern 6.00x16 Avon TM tubed tyres supplied by Vintage Tyres of Beaulieu. The Land Rover's overall specification is very much as original, apart from the provision of flashing indicators, Fairey capstan winch and the electrical connections for a tow bar, should one be required. A wonderful early example of a breed that's set to die out at the end of this year. Having covered less than 20 miles since completion this stunning Landie is quite simply amazing to behold.

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