Rover­phile

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James Tay­lor con­tin­ues hunt­ing down weird, won­der­ful and rare Land Rovers

The story of those Land Rovers bod­ied by Dor­mo­bile as fuel-test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries for HM Cus­toms & Ex­cise has be­come even more in­ter­est­ing. First of all, Rob Han­cock has now bought TGC 647M – the one I pic­tured in the July Rover­phile, and in­tends to re­store it. This is great news, con­sid­er­ing the model’s rar­ity.

Mean­while, Ge­off Fletcher has been dig­ging into old Rud­ding­ton auc­tion cat­a­logues and has found a fourth batch, reg­is­tered MLN 617L to MLN 624L. We can add at least one more to those, which is MLN 615L that I pho­tographed at the LRO Peter­bor­ough Show last year, and which set off this whole train of en­quiry into Dor­mo­bile test labs.

So we now know of two batches of Se­ries IIAS (PYV 366F to 373F and WGN 373G to 381G), and two batches of Se­ries IIIS (MLN 615L to 624L and TGC 641M to 651M). It’s not quite that sim­ple, though. Some num­bers within those se­quences seem not to have been used, and the Rud­ding­ton cat­a­logues de­scribe some of the ve­hi­cles as pick-ups. How­ever, at least one of those called a pick-up seems to have been a Dor­mo­bile lab­o­ra­tory!

There’s still a lot more to dis­cover about these in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles. So if one of those reg­is­tra­tion num­bers rings a bell with you, please get in touch.

Faith­ful restora­tion or cam­per – which would you build?

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