SERIES FETCH SERIOUS MONEY
Are Series II prices beginning to catch up with Series Is?
CHOICE LOTS at the Classic Car auctions June sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre included a rare 107-inch Series I, built in 1957 and restored in 2014.
Bearing chassis number 34, it was deliberately left in its bare metal state during its restoration two years ago, which included all the mechanicals, transmission, and the suspension. The exterior aluminium body panels are in superb order for a car that is 59 years old. The engine is the period correct six-cylinder petrol variant. The car will be offered with a Land Rover Heritage Certificate and was estimated to fetch £12,000 to £15,000.
In the same sale, a 1951 Land Rover Series I 80 manual that had been with the current owner for the last 13 years was expected to fetch £18,000 to £21,000. It came with partial history file, and the engine was overhauled in March 1988 by Leamington Land Rover Services and probably done very few miles since. Last Mot'd November 2003, at a recorded mileage of 33,523 and it now reads just 34,245.
And it’s not just Series Is that are fetching big money. A 1962 Series III fire truck was expected to make £10,000 to £12,000 at the sale. It has spent the majority of its life on a private industrial estate in Harlow, Essex, purely as an assistance vehicle, and therefore the indicated mileage of just 10,000 could well be about right (but was unwarranted).
Its current appearance indicates that it has probably had little work done to it since it was new other than routine maintenance. It comes with a large number of old Mots with the mileage increasing very slowly over the years except one which reads 30,000, possibly an error as it is out of sequence with the rest.
However, the paint around the speedometer has been disturbed at some point, which suggests a new speedo may have been fitted.
Internally the seats look like they may have been recovered but the dash has obviously been the resting place of many pairs of boots.
In the rear, you will find the original fire hoses and other associated fitments confirming its authenticity. The car does appear to drive well and starts on the button, literally.
LRM had already gone to press when the sale was held, but full results can be found on the auction’s website: www. classiccarauctions.co.uk