What's the story?
If you've never seen a Tempo Land Rover before, don't worry – you're not alone. Their rarity is somewhat akin to that of rocking-horse droppings and, as they were all built in Germany with left-hand drive, they just don't figure on the UK scene very much at all. In 80-inch form, there may be just two in running condition in the world. This is one of them, and it's in the UK.
The story of how it got here begins somewhere around the end of 2011, when Mike Rivett decided that he wanted something a bit unusual to restore and show.
When he drove across to Holland with a trailer to collect it, he found a beautifully restored chassis, with the rest in pieces. 'We had to build the vehicle up before I could put it on the trailer and bring it home!'
Our favourite bit?
The most time-consuming task, he says, was getting the special hood made. It's a cabriolet-type on a folding frame, attached to the back body, and is unlike the standard Land Rover tilt. There are no design drawings, so it had to be created from photos. Brought home in March 2012, Mike had completed the Tempo by July. Impressive!
And the verdict from LRO writer James Taylor?
Mike's restoration is a huge success. It drives beautifully, too, and while the steel body makes it heavier than a standard 80in, the feel is much the same. Mike reckons he was lucky to find such a complete vehicle, but that doesn't detract from his achievement in getting it on the road.
Model: Land Rover Tempo 80-inch
Engine: 1997cc four-cylinder petrol
Power: 52bhp at 4000rpm
Torque: 101 lb ft at 1500rpm
Transmission: Four-speed main gearbox with two-speed transfer box; selectable four-wheel drive
Top speed: 50mph approx