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