SE­RIES FETCH SE­RI­OUS MONEY

Are Se­ries II prices be­gin­ning to catch up with Se­ries Is?

Land Rover Monthly - - Price Check -

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

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