Dig­ging for vic­tory

Sole road­wor­thy AirDrive Har­rier could fetch £30k-plus at auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.co.uk

Ch­effins’ AirDrive Har­rier could prove a use­ful in­vest­ment for those who love his­toric ve­hi­cles (and land­scap­ing).

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