First Wedge for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The first Bri­tish Ley­land Wedge to leave the pro­duc­tion line is go­ing up for auc­tion on 17 June.

The 1974 Mor­ris 1800, chas­sis num­ber 000099, was ex­ten­sively re­stored by a three-man team from www.ley­land­princess.co.uk after be­ing stored for many years by CCW’s ed­i­tor-at-large Nick Larkin. It ap­peared at the Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Car Show at the NEC in 2014 as a wreck and then in a re­stored state a year later. The car was orig­i­nally kept at BL’s Cow­ley works for some years be­fore be­ing sold to an em­ployee, and reg­is­tered for the first time in 1977 as YJO 71R. Nick saved it from an Ox­ford­shire scrap­yard around 1995.

Says Nick: ‘This car was beau­ti­fully re­stored against all odds and I be­lieve that it has lat­terly been in a col­lec­tion on the Isle of Man. I re­ally hope it finds an ex­cel­lent new home.’ Anglia Car Auc­tions’ Dale Over­ton says: ‘This is a very in­ter­est­ing car and we are pleased to be able to in­clude it in our cat­a­logue.’ The re­serve price is £4500-£5500. www.an­gli­aca­rauc­tions.co.uk

larkin’s 1977 Mor­ris 1800 wedge is set to make £45005500 at auc­tion.

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