‘It’s a cheaper way to own a Se­ries 1’

1953 Land Rover S1 Min­erva 80in Mark Tobin, Roys­ton

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR CARS -

Many years ago when Se­ries One prices were af­ford­able, I had a 1954 ex­am­ple. Now with bas­ket cases fetch­ing any­thing from £6k up­wards, I had to look for an al­ter­na­tive. I am still a LRSOC mem­ber and through them I dis­cov­ered this Min­erva. Its main dif­fer­ences are it is left-hand drive, with a steel body, doesn’t have a drop-down tail­gate and in­cludes a side ex­haust. They were sold as CKD to Min­erva (it­self a very in­ter­est­ing car com­pany) and then built for ex­port. They're very rare in­deed, but if you can find one it is a cheaper way to get into Se­ries 1 own­er­ship.

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