The Silverstone Classic Sale 2014

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1955 Land Rover Series I

Lot No.: 301

Registration: XAS 386
Chassis Number: 57104173
Engine Number: 57110700
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1997cc
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Sold for (£): 9,775

The original Land Rover Series 1 was designed by Maurice Wilks and launched by the Rover Company of Solihull on 30th April 1948. It had an 80 inch wheelbase and a sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis. The open back with 3 seats in the front design was heavily influenced by the American World War Two Willys Jeep. The Land Rover quickly became popular with both the army and the farming fraternity (not least because it had a 'power take-off' or PTO as standard). The wheelbase was extended to 86 inches early on in production to give the vehicle more stability and greater load capacity. A canvas top also became a practical addition. The strong, reliable 2.0 litre petrol engine was standard until 1957 when, with the introduction of the Series 2 model, a diesel engine was offered as an alternative.

This Series 1 Land Rover is showing just 5 previous owners on the logbook. The car appears to have been well maintained throughout its life and as such is presented in great condition but wonderfully used, how a true Land Rover should look in our opinion!

It is in the perfect state to both use and enjoy, or if you wanted to have the basis for creating the perfect early Land Rover this is the car for you.