Pristine Series Is with rare pedigrees continue their rise into increasingly exclusive circles, fetching glamorous prices that seem awkwardly out of keeping with their humble character.
Topping the bill this weekend was a 1948 Series 1 80in with chassis no.149, which fetched a record-breaking £47,250 – that’s big bucks, no question! Given that the famous Series I restored by Ant Anstead on TV’s For the Love of Cars sold to Afzal Kahn for a record-beating £41k in 2014, we could see the very best Series Is breaching the £50k high-water mark at auction within the next couple of years.
Other auction highlights were a bargain 1957 Series I 107in Station Wagon, restored but ever-so-slightly patinated. Its £15,750 was a snip compared to Harry Ferguson’s 107in truck cab which sold last year for £36,000.
Proof that buying one of the final Special Edition Defenders was a canny way to splurge some dosh came from the sale of a 2016 Defender 110 Heritage Edition. Almost new, this would have cost around £34,000 from Land Rover but over the weekend it commanded a hefty £42,287.
Other auction results…
1950 80in Series I Tickford (£38,250)
1982 ragtop Series III 88in, restored on a new chassis (£15,750)
1955 Series I 86in, described as ‘honest’ condition (£9563)
1955 Series I 86in, shabby but characterful (£7650)
More news from the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show can be found here.
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