The second Series II that Land Rover ever built is up for auction, and could be yours for an estimated £18,000-£22,000.
Update: Scroll down for results and auction comment...
Built on 24 March 1958, chassis number 142-8-00002 has a few distinguishing features, including an early-type brake servo (a feature that would not become standard on short-wheelbase Land Rovers until the Series III) and an unusual heater in place of the more familiar Smiths unit.
YOG 306 Series 2 Land Rover rear
Adding to its historic status are its original registration YOG 306, and its prototype 2.25-litre petrol engine, fitted at a time when other 88in Land Rovers were still leaving Solihull with the old 2.0-litre engines (of those earliest Series IIs, only long-wheelbase models were sold to the public with the new 2.25-litre engine).
YOG 306 was originally built as a Bronze Green soft top, and was dispatched to Land Rover’s Engineering Department. It was first registered on 4 June 1959. In 2011 it was restored on a galvanised chassis at a cost of £12,500. This work and its mileage since are described in the car’s accompanying history file, which includes a Heritage Certificate.
Also included in CCA’s Spring Live Online Sale are a genuine 1998 Camel Trophy Defender 110 (CDU R158) from the Tierra del Fuego event, recently restored on a new chassis but with original bodywork and decals. Bids are expected to reach £16k-£18k. (Sounds like a bargain compared with the £195k Works Trophy V8 edition...)
Camel Trophy 110
The auction catalogue also features a two-door Range Rover Classic (suffix C) estimated at £16,000-£20,000, a restored ‘lights behind the grille’ 1949 Series I estimated at £25k-£30k, and a late Range Rover P38. The 2002 Range Rover P38 4.6 Vogue SE (BD51 YWY) is one of the last 300 made, has a fresh MoT with no advisories, and is estimated to fetch £5k-£7k.
CCA’s Spring Live Online sale will take place on Friday 26 March, from 11am. Find the full catalogue of vehicles here.
Update: Auction Results & Comment - slow going for Series Land Rovers
Although both Series Land Rovers sold, the Series II achieved only £16,872 (plus fees) while the Series I was let go for £23,865, so neither of the two reached their estimate. This would have been easier to ignore if it weren't for the strong prices paid for many of the non-Series Land Rovers in the sale.
A Defender XS Crew Cab, a Range Rover CSK and the Suffix-C Range Rover above all sold within their estimates, while two in particular did significantly better.
The Camel Trophy Defender 110 beat its estimate, selling for £21,090, while the late Range Rover P38 roughly doubled its estimate by achieving £12,210, proving that interest in the model certainly is growing.
It's fair to say that values of the nicest P38s probably have some growing still to do, while vendors of many £20k+ Series Land Rovers are having accept more realistic offers than the bold valuations we've become used to seeing.