The concours 2.0-litre petrol Series I dates from 1952, and is fresh from its nut-and-bolt restoration by legendary Land Rover restorer Ken Wheelwright.
Ken was the third owner in the vehicle's 63-year history, and has rebuilt the 80in by reconditioning its original components and, where necessary, replacing parts with new-old stock (NOS) Genuine Land Rover parts.
The original chassis has been galvanized and painted in Deep Bronze Green, and the engine has also been treated to a comprehensive rebuild. The odometer reads just 13,824 miles, and it’s being sold with a certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.
So what’s it worth?
Silverstone describes this particular 80in Series I as ‘the most desirable variant of the Land Rover [and one which] will add the finishing touch to any collection,’ estimating it will sell for between £26,000 and £28,500.
Sounds plausible for a high-profile resto like this, especially considering the 1950 Series I that featured on ‘For The Love Of Cars’ last year went for £41,100 straight afterwards.
Click here to visit the Silverstone Auctions website for more information about the vehicle.
Ken Wheelwright - The ‘Restorer’s Restorer’
Ken has featured in LRO a few times over the years. Check out the ‘Concours Masterclass’ (written by Peter Galilee) from our August 2011 issue, which includes a five-page insight into what makes his Land Rover restorations so special. Back issues of LRO are available to download by clicking here.