Oldest surviving Series II up for sale

Classic Car Auctions is sending some historic Land Rovers under the hammer, including Chassis 002 from Series II production.

Series II Land Rover chassis 002

by Theo Ford-Sagers |

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.

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YOG 306 Series 2 Land Rover rear
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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...)

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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.

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