You’re looking at a 101 Forward Control, a V8 workhorse designed and built by Land Rover in the mid-1970s specifically for military applications.
Only 2669 were ever built, and most of the survivors are either kept as near-original as possible, or converted into 4x4 overland wagons with exceptional ground clearance… like this 1978 model, for sale at LRO.com for £9500.
It’s had its original 3.5-litre Rover V8 replaced with a much meatier, bored-out version: a new 4.6-litre V8. That should mean something like 225bhp instead of the original 135bhp. Miles per gallon? Maybe.
The original ambulance body, built by Marshalls of Cambridge, has been kitted out as an overland camper, with modifications such as double bed, storage boxes, an on-board compressor, winch, loads of spares, and a pre-heater system. It’s also been re-wired, and comes with an MoT until October 2015.
If you needed further persuading, it’s based in Scotland on the north-west coast, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We’ve featured a number of fascinating Forward Controls in LRO. (Don’t forget you can download back-issues for your tablet or phone. Click here to find out how. Alternatively, you can order one by calling 01858 438884.)
Open our March 2015 issue for a Tangiers Orange Series IIA Forward Control (not quite the same, but just as mega) that’s run by Land Rover Las Vegas.
The September 2014 issue tells the story of a pair of 101s from Luxembourg.
For the Spring 2014 issue we met the owner of a pre-production 101 GS with powered trailer.
April 2014 includes a feature on a 101 Forward Control that’s hard at work as a plasterer’s van (!)
And back in February 2014 we met a 101 that was still providing medical support for cavers in the mountains of Wales.
101 Buying Advice
If you’re looking to buy a 101 Forward Control, turn to the September 2013 issue for our 101 Buying Guide, or you can find an abbreviated version here.