HIS­TORIC LANDIE TO BE AUC­TIONED ‘Last sur­viv­ing’ Stage 1 V8 could be yours this month

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ❚ brightwells.com

Alightly-re­stored 1977 Land Rover Stage 1 V8 is set to be one of the stars of Brightwells’ Clas­sic & Vin­tage Cars and Mo­tor­cy­cles auc­tion on 24 Oc­to­ber. With a posted es­ti­mate of £15,000-£17,000, it’s said to be the only re­main­ing pro­to­type of a dozen or so built at Lode Lane, Soli­hull, in the late Seven­ties.

Hav­ing re­cently emerged from long-term stor­age with just over 35,000 miles on the clock, the Stage 1’s chas­sis has been re­paired and shot blasted and its outer pan­els – still wear­ing their orig­i­nal paint – power washed. Con­sid­er­able me­chan­i­cal work has also taken place, with brake com­po­nents and en­gine an­cil­liaries be­ing re­placed and elec­tronic ig­ni­tion fit­ted.

Martin Domoney, work­shop man­ager of CCW’s sis­ter ti­tle,

Land Rover Owner In­ter­na­tional, says: ‘ With such low mileage and a sym­pa­thetic re­build, this ex­tremely early ex­am­ple of a Stage 1 is bound to do well. Stage 1s have a huge fol­low­ing in Land Rover and clas­sic cir­cles and tidy ones change hands for ever-in­creas­ing sums of money, so the es­ti­mate is cer­tainly rea­son­able pro­vided it re­ally is the only pre-pro­duc­tion sur­vivor.’

Brightwells’ Stage 1 joins an­other his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant ‘Landie’ at the Bices­ter Her­itage, Ox­ford­shire sale – a 109-inch Sta­tion Wagon claimed to be the 30th Se­ries II off the pro­duc­tion line. It has a circa £13,000 es­ti­mate.

Could you give the last run­ning Land Rover Stage 1 V8 a home?

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