1953 Land Rover Series I 80"
£29,995 | Location: United Kingdom
The vehicle is a early 1953 model the chassis number is 36101081 making this the 1081st RHD Home Market 80" to be built during 1953 production.
The vehicle was first registered 7th October 1952. The vehicle retains it's original date stamped wheels which were produced September 1952.
The vehicle is all matching numbers including it's original 2 litre Siamese bore engine.
This vehicle has been recently recommissioned and refurbished by ourselves, it previously formed part of a collection of Land Rovers in Carmarthen, South Wales, having been owned by the previous owner for 22 years. There are mots present dating back to 1995. The vehicle is presented nicely and has a nice patina, the original cappings have been left unmolested the vehicle has been subject to a full engine rebuild.
All the bodywork is original including the correct one piece wings, the sidelights are in the correct place and not on the bulkhead which is correct for this model year. None of the bodywork has been molested with aftermarket indicators as so often is the case. The correct style Lucas trafficators are fitted and they have been recently overhauled and are now in fully working order.
The rear tub unlike most Land Rovers is remarkably straight and original in the back and doesn't show any signs of hard use. Matching rear bench seats are fitted.
The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and in great condition and will require no attention in the future.
The chassis is in very good condition and has had no repairs it is in such great condition and is original the chassis number is clearly stamped on the engine mount.
It has a complete set of matching front seats that are the correct square back type for the age of the vehicle. It had also had a new canvas and flaps from Undercover Covers which looks great against the bronze green bodywork. Front and rear mats have also been added which finish off the vehicle well.
There has certainly been no expense spared on this Land Rover and the vehicle has had a thorough recommissioning.
UNDER THE BONNET
The engine has recently been fully rebuilt at a cost of £6,000 with all the invoices and has been well detailed and finished to a high standard. The rebuilt 2-litre petrol engine gives huge improvements in reliability and drivability. The later 80" vehicles were all fitted with 2 litre engines and do drive really well with the added power of the 2 litre engine as the 1.6 always seemed a little underpowered particularly on long hills.
The vehicle has also benefited from a complete set of new leaf springs which have been made to the original specifications, new fuel tank, new master cylinder, new clutch etc.
ON THE ROAD
The engine busts into life at the turn of the key. It always starts first time and is a great runner. The vehicle really does pull very well and is a joy to drive.
With the canvas sides rolled up and the door tops off this vehicle really does draw some attention. Especially when you put the windscreen down it really is an experience to drive.
The vehicle will be supplied with a full 12 month MOT. It has a selectable four wheel drive gearbox which is correct for the vehicle. The gears change up and down as they should and goes through all the gears as it should.
Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, this is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place. Both front swivels have been replaced with new bearings and seals. The vehicle is fitted with Avon Traction Mileage 6.00 x 16 Tyres which look great and are all in good condition with no cracking and plenty of tread left.
This is a fantastic example of a Series 1 that is very useable whilst not in concours condition this is a very good value for money vehicle. Which is ready to use and enjoy this summer. Having has so much work done this will be reliable and usable to go on any rallies or to club events.
This is one of the best value for money 1953 80" we have ever had the opportunity to own. This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners. It is a fantastic example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.
If you are an investor, then you will already know how these vehicles have appreciated over the last 5 years some doubling and others even tripling in value.
This a very honest 67 year old Series Land Rover. What you see is what you get it looks and drives exactly as it should. You will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle.