What’s the story?
The Tickford, with its coach-built bodywork that originally cost more than the basic vehicle, is one of the rarest models of 80in Series I Land Rover around. But, when LRO’s north American editor stumbled across this particular vehicle, he knew he’d found something in a different class of ‘rare’.
Like the Tickford, this Mulliner-bodied vehicle relies heavily on traditional woodwork to create its body. The background to this vehicle is a fascinating story and is still being unravelled and confirmed by its current owner and restorer, Scott Miller.
Our favourite bit?
One of the great attractions of old Land Rovers is trying to piece together their previous history; where they’ve been, who owned them and what they were used for. This Woody Series I is no exception, but the crowning glories of this vehicle have to be the lovingly restored woodwork and leather interior.
And the verdict from LRO writer Steve Hoare?
It looks so at home driving along the tree-lined roads near Scott’s home. It’s a wonder restoration job, runs very sweetly. If ever Scott decides to sell it, form an orderly queue behind me.
Model: Mulliner-bodied 80in Series I
Year: 1952 (body originally fitted to 1949 80in)
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol
Bodywork: Alumium panels with ash wood frame, plate glass windows