MONEY WHERE MOUTH IS
Proof, were it needed, that Mark’s the real deal – he’s bought a classic Land Rover
My own recently acquired Land Rover isn’t like the JLR Classic Series 1s, either before or after they’ve been restored. Before, they tend to be absolutely original with documented histories; afterwards they’re just mint. Mine on the other hand is like most Land Rovers out there in the world: a patchy history, a few bodged repairs, and a list of non-original parts.
So mine is an early, short-wheelbase 80-inch car, built in January 1952. It wasn’t road-registered until 1984, and the suspicion is that it was sold into the army and not decommissioned until the 1980s. At some point the bulkhead was replaced. It’s common for this to rust, but rather than it a new galvanised part, one was scavenged from an older car. It’s also got a 2.0-litre engine borrowed from a later car. Told you it was a mongrel!
But you know what? It’s solid, it starts, and it’s got bags of character. It also has that surprisingly feisty performance that always wins over new drivers – you expect it to drive like a tank, but it actually feels light and willing. I’d love a pristine JLR Classic example for £80k – but for around a ifth of that budget, mine will do me just ine.
This isn’t just any well-used, mildly mongrelled Land Rover Series 1, this is Mark’s well-used, mildly mongrelled Land Rover Series 1
Not a restoration, this XKSS is new from the ground up