Digging for victory
Sole roadworthy AirDrive Harrier could fetch £30k-plus at auction
A rare backhoe digger conversion of a long-wheelbase Land Rover, restored over three years, is to go under Cheffins hammer on 20 October, estimated at over £30,000.
The AirDrive Harrier, one of ten built on a Series IIA 109 chassis, is the only working example left in the country; another Harrier is understood to live in France in a very poor state.
Billed as a trencher, loader and digger, the Harrier was intended as a rapid construction vehicle; the backhoe ran off the Land Rover’s engine and was teamed with an extra oil cooler, which helped to prolong the life of the 109’s 2.25-litre diesel engine. Cheffins’ example, consigned by owner, Ben Maude, began life as a factory demonstrator and featured in promotional literature.
The Harrier was featured in the August 2017 issue of CCW’s sister magazine Land Rover Owner. Editor Neil Watterson said: ‘If you were thrilled by the Tonka advert where the toys’ strength was illustrated by sending one over the edge of a quarry, this is for you. Not only is the Harrier a classic, but can also use it – you could even start work on digging the footings for that garage for your classics you’ve always promised yourself.’
Cheffins’ AirDrive Harrier could prove a useful investment for those who love historic vehicles (and landscaping).