Country Classic Cars are thrilled to have been chosen by the current owner to market this delightful 1955 86inch Series 1 Land Rover. Chassis 5-710-4923 left Lode Lane, Solihull on the 14th April 1955 and was delivered directly to the Ministry of Supply in Laleham and paperwork within the history folder refers to early years in the Fire Service. Registered with its current number in 1964, ‘Milly’ as she is affectionately known is certainly a rare survivor in great condition.
After the model launch in Amsterdam in 1952 the original design was constantly altered including the petrol engine that was uprated to the 1997cc and would be retained until the arrival of the Series 2. This was followed by introduction of the 86in wheelbase in 1954, a combination that only ran for three years before being enlarged further to 88inches; ensuring that 66 years on Landies like Milly are not only scarce but highly desirable.
We suspect much of the restoration carried out on this Series 1 would have been after the early 2000’s and the vehicle had a further £7k spent with ourselves in 2018. A new bulkhead was fitted with refurbishment work also carried out to floor pans and engine bay, including wiring improvements and dash presentation. The cab area is splendid, enhanced with the deep Bronze Green finish with gauges including temperature and economy plus speedo, fuel and amp metre; all operate correctly. Bespoke mats are fitted to protect the freshly painted floor pans and the three front seats all enjoy new covers. The speedo shows 15246 miles and obviously this cannot be verified although MOT records confirm less than 1000 miles per year have been covered since the millennium with certificates from 1997 plus a Heritage Certificate.
Body panels are straight with consistent gaps but being a Land Rover perfection was never built into what is primarily a utility vehicle. Blemishes include small areas on the front wings whilst the front bumper would benefit from a fresh coat of grey. Perfectionists will look to re-mount the spare on the bonnet plus replace some of the rusty wheel bolts and the exhaust rear section is looking aged. A Capstan Winch and free-wheeling hubs are located up front and the rims carry a matching set of Camal on/off road tyres. Weather proofing is courtesy of quality Khaki canvas top supplied by a Land Rover specialist with clear plastic screens that offer no damage or wear; it is also easily removed for the ‘wind in the hair’ moment although many enthusiasts choose to go topless throughout the summer. The engine bay will impress any enthusiast, very clean and original. No evidence of fluid leaks to the block or radiator whilst the rocker cover retains the factory plaques advising on tappet adjustment measurements. Overall, the engine bay could turn heads at any showground (not something usually associated with Land Rovers) and the drivetrains appeal continues behind the wheel. From cold the push starter brings an instant reaction from the motor with minimal choke required to get underway. Clutch is firm but not heavy, whilst the gear selection is precise with minimal fuss; even the steering operates with out the usual play. Those who have been around Land Rovers before will also conclude that ‘Milly’ may be one of the oldest they have driven but is surely one of the best.
Country Classic Cars carry out a full inspection looking to rectify known mechanical issues prior to sale. We are presenting this Series 1 on behalf of the current owner and consider the sale price to be attractive and fair. We pride ourselves on offering an honest ‘warts and all’ appraisal of every vehicle we offer for sale, this avoids buyer disappointment, resulting from a lack of detail within sales adverts. Genuine interest is most welcome and for additional information please message with your email address for multiple detailed images and walk-round video; we will forward the file via ‘We Transfer’ a free to use and safe service or Whats Ap. Country Classic Cars operate by appointment only and within current Government guidelines and whilst inspections are most welcome please bear in mind the changing situation especially with regards to test drives.
- All Wheel Drive
- Floor Mats
- Manual Transmission
- Off Road Tyres
1997 cm3 / 121.5 cui, advertised power: 39 43.5 kW / 52 58 hp / 53 59 PS ( net gross ), torque: 137 Nm / 101 lb-ft,
- top speed: 99 km/h (62 mph) (©theoretical);
- accelerations: 0- 60 mph 75.6