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?