All too often classic vehicles have their history stripped from them as their factory-standard value increases. And while many Series I 107-inch Station Wagons are slowly reverting to standard, this 1958 proudly wears its history. It sits higher than normal, wider than normal and the rorty 5.3-litre Chevy engine makes it faster than normal. Modifications have been made both to improve it and keep it on the road, rather than maintaining its value, and it's all the more valuable for it.
Vehicles like this should be preserved, enjoyed and used. And if that means modifying it further, so be it – it'll just be another part of the vehicle's fantastic story.
Here's a snapshot of the feature...
'The casual observer could be excused for thinking that this vehicle is on its last legs and destined for the scrap heap. How wrong they would be. Fact is, it was actually saved from the scrapyard in the 1990s, since when it has undergone a transformation into a functional, reliable daily driver. Today it embraces the essence of Land Rover adventure, having survived to tell its tale… or from the looks of it, multiple tales.
'Erich believes the vehicle was originally delivered to Argentina in 1958 as a left-hand-drive station wagon. Little is known of its early years; its recorded history only begins in 1978 when a group of Boy Scouts began a trek north in the 107. Starting in Argentina, the Scouts criss-crossed South, Central and North Americas, each destination being recorded with a black dot on a map on the outside of the driver’s door. Amazingly, the map is still there today.
'Erich decided early on not to repair the battle scars, retaining them as badges of honour; the vehicle has quite a collection.
'Along with the door panels mapping out the trek north, there’s the 1978 Argentina World Cup Emblem on the rear passenger doors, recalling the year Argentina hosted the Football World Cup. Outside, still visible across the dash vents are the fading hand-painted flags of each of the countries the Land Rover visited on its journey – 20 in total.'
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