Believed to have its original 2.0-litre petrol engine and gearbox, YSV 182 is a 1958 Land Rover Series I (quite a late model) with 109in wheelbase. Estimated at £14,000-£16,000, it was bought in the 1980s by agricultural machine enthusiast Dick Wombwell, and ‘meticulously restored over several years to his exacting standards at significant expense,’ says Cheffins, the auctioneer behind the sale.
The Series I is ‘showing just 31,000 miles and with the new oversize tyres being the only real deviation from standard specification. Running and driving and having had a starring role at two family weddings, it is offered for sale with current V5C documentation.’
Is it under-priced?
Restored 109in Series Is with this level of originality are not common. The June 2021 edition of the LRO Price Guide (printed in the magazine and updated every month) advises £21,000 for the very best 109in Series Is – a significant step up from the £14-16k estimate set by Cheffins.
The Wombwell Series I isn't quite in factory-fresh condition, but it does sound very nice.
Our assistant editor (and long-term Series I owner) Mark Saville reckons: ‘I think the guide price range is very tempting, and I’d expect it to go for somewhere north of £20k on the right day, as unmolested 109in Series Is are very rare these days.’
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Defender crop sprayer
Also included in the sale is a 1980s ex-NATO Land Rover One Ten, unregistered and without documentation. Understood to have served in Bosnia and Serbia, this farm vehicle is fitted with low and wide wheels and runs a PTO that currently drives a Team Sprayers unit with tank and fold out booms.
It’ll probably never see the road again, but if you’ve some land to drive it on… why not?!
The two Land Rovers form part of The Wombwell Collection, which includes various classic and vintage tractors. The auction will be held in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, and goes live on the Cheffins website on Thursday 17 June, with a viewing day Friday 18 June. The full catalogue will be available from three to four weeks before the sale, which closes on Tuesday 22 June.