Land Rover One Ten

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

EN­GINE 3528cc/V8/OHV POWER 113bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 185lb ft@2500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 90mph 0-60MPH 15sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 14-21mpg TRANS­MIS­SION 4WD, four-speed man MoT 12 months from sale ODOMETER 155,272 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This long-wheel­base Sta­tion Wagon is fresh from a re­cent ren­o­va­tion by the clas­sic Land Rover spe­cial­ist ven­dor, so it’s sup­ple and pre­dictable on the road. The re­built and up­graded V8 fires will­ingly from cold, pulls im­pres­sively, cruises ef­fort­lessly and idles smoothly with the choke in once it’s warmed up. It sounds won­der­ful too. Thump­ing the brake pedal brings the car to a firm, con­trolled halt, and the LT95 man­ual gear­box se­lects gears with­out par­tic­u­lar dif­fi­culty. There are no ex­ces­sive clonks or whines from the run­ning gear.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The ven­dor has made it a pri­or­ity to re­tain the car’s lovely patina, so the paint­work is mostly orig­i­nal, with a few key cor­ro­sion spots that have been re­stored. The top cor­ners of the bulk­head have had new cor­ners welded in (smartly done – the weld is vir­tu­ally im­per­cep­ti­ble), and the front door tops are new, along with the B-pil­lars and lower cor­ner pan­els at the ends of the sec­ond-row seats. The body has nu­mer­ous scuffs and chips from 35 years of labour, but the only real dam­age is a cracked plas­tic rear whee­larch, which is easy to re­place. The pris­tine rear cross­mem­ber of­fers the only clue that the chas­sis is a new gal­vanised item, painted black like the orig­i­nal. All five tyres are orig­i­nal-spec 7.50 R16 Avon Range­mas­ters; four are new and the spare is nearly new.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

Given the scarcity of some County Sta­tion Wagon in­te­rior trim, this car is re­as­sur­ingly com­plete and un­mo­lested in­side. The seats are good ex­am­ples of the ‘brush­wood’ pat­tern – new re­place­ments for which are cur­rently un­avail­able – so it’s en­cour­ag­ing to find these in such good con­di­tion. The de­cent sec­ond­hand front seats are marred only by some light dam­age to the cen­tre seat back. There’s a lit­tle warp­ing to the driver’s door card and the next owner may wish to clean the orig­i­nal fab­ric head­lin­ing and per­haps re­place the rear win­dow chan­nels.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The ven­dor has just given the carb-fed Rover V8 a top-end re­build, with camshaft, chain, gears and lifters from a 3.9-litre Rover V8. There’s scope for cos­metic im­prove­ments in the en­gine bay – for ex­am­ple by at­tend­ing to some rusty bon­net ribs and paint­ing flaky items such as the header tank – but there are no signs of me­chan­i­cal trou­bles. The brakes and as­so­ci­ated pipework are new, as are the springs, dampers and ball joints, and the wheel hubs are leak-free. THE CCW VIEW This very early car of­fers rock­solid me­chan­i­cals, un­ob­tru­sive en­gine en­hance­ments and en­dear­ing patina. In need of cos­metic tidy­ing per­haps, but a lovely old thing just as it is. Theo Ford-Sagers

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