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Rare Se­ries II con­ver­sion set to fetch £60,000 at auc­tion

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A rare Cuth­bert­son con­ver­sion is on track to fetch over £50,000 at auc­tion

WITH A top speed of 35 mph and stand­ing at over eight feet high, this 1958 Se­ries II is un­likely to be the choice of most en­thu­si­asts, but top auc­tion house Bon­hams is ex­pect­ing it to fetch be­tween £50,000 and £60,000.

It is one of the high­lights of an auc­tion at the Good­wood Re­vival that also in­cludes a 1968 Royal Re­view Se­ries IIA and a brace of beau­ti­ful­lyre­stored Se­ries Is among the usual top-end Bri­tish sports cars and rac­ing ephemera – and per­fectly il­lus­trates how Land Rovers have achieved cult sta­tus among col­lec­tors in re­cent years.

The Cuth­bert­son con­ver­sion is one of only 15 built by Scot­tish en­gi­neer­ing firm James A Cuth­bert­son Ltd for the Forestry Com­mis­sion. The com­pany spe­cialised in fit­ting rub­ber tracks to heavy-duty ve­hi­cles, en­abling them to ne­go­ti­ate swampy ter­rain. In this case, the stan­dard road wheels were re­placed by sprock­ets, driv­ing 40 steel shoes. Power steer­ing is also fit­ted.

The 2.25 petrol-en­gined ve­hi­cle was to­tally re­stored in 2000 and is de­scribed by Bon­hams as “stun­ning, in­side and out.” It is be­lieved to be the only one run­ning in the UK.

The Royal Re­view Se­ries IIA en­tered ser­vice with the Min­istry of De­fence in 1968, with the coach­work un­der­taken by the Cen­tral Work­shops, REME. Nine years later it was used to con­vey the Queen and Prince Philip dur­ing their tour of North­ern Ire­land dur­ing the monarch’s Sil­ver Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions of 1977. It has a stan­dard 2.25-litre petrol en­gine.

It has been in pri­vate own­er­ship since be­ing re­leased by the MOD in 1983 and is ex­pected to fetch £20,000 to £30,000.

Also in the sale are two stun­ning Se­ries Is, in­clud­ing a 1949 80in Se­ries I that has been painstak­ingly re­stored us­ing as many orig­i­nal items as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing the 68-year-old steel chas­sis, which has been re­paired and gal­vanised.

This ve­hi­cle was in mil­i­tary ser­vice be­tween 1949 and 1963 and it is be­lieved that dur­ing this time the orig­i­nal 1.6-litre side­valve en­gine was re­placed by a later 2.0-litre OHV en­gine. This was a com­mon MOD rem­edy for the over­heat­ing prob­lems that the 1600cc unit was no­to­ri­ous for.

Early 80in Se­ries Is are as soughtafter as ever and this one is ex­pected to fetch be­tween £50,000 and £70,000.

Less ex­pen­sive, but in even bet­ter nick, is a 1955 86in Se­ries I, which is in con­cours con­di­tion – hardly sur­pris­ing since the 62-year-old ve­hi­cle has only been driven for a to­tal of five years!

It had just three reg­is­tered keep­ers, of which only one ever drove it. The first owner used it from 1955 to 1960, but upon his death it passed to his wi­dow, who dry-stored it for 40 years be­fore sell­ing it to its third owner, an en­thu­si­ast and me­chan­i­cal engi­neer who un­der­took a full but sym­pa­thetic restora­tion, us­ing the same sup­plier as Soli­hull’s own Land Rover Re­born project.

Like the 1949 model, it still sits on its orig­i­nal chas­sis, which has been sand­blasted and gal­vanised.

At­ten­tion to de­tail in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a new orig­i­nal-spec braided wiring loom. The deep Bronze Green fin­ish was ap­plied by a mas­ter crafts­man and cost £5000. It is ex­pected to fetch £35,000 to £45,000.

This page: This Se­ries II Cuth­bert con­ver­sion is just one of many re­stored clas­sic Land Rovers up for auc­tion at the Good­wood Re­vival

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