What’s the Story?
‘I just like something a bit different,’ is the way Mike Rivett explains his purchase of this armoured Minerva Land Rover. And the vehicle, which he bought earlier this year, is certainly different - it’s one of just 30 that were made.
Many enthusiasts of early Series Is also have an interest in the Belgian-built Minerva, and Mike is one of them. I counted a total of six in various states of repair when I visited him to get better acquainted with this one, and it was actually when he was trying to sell one of those others at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble that the saga which led Mike to this one began.
Our Favourite Bit?
Driving any Minerva is quite a special experience; the extra weight of the all-steel bodywork makes them ride better than contemporary Series Is from Solihull. Mike’s Minerva is extra-heavy thanks to those several sheets of steel armour, and it has special heavy-duty rear springs to cope.
And the verdict from James Taylor?
The Minerva is a bit disconcerting to drive until you get used to it. A vague gear change is something that can always be sorted out, but what struck me most was the position of the lever for the armoured radiator shutters. It sticks out of the bulkhead just below your right knee, so I had to re-learn how to switch my foot between accelerator and brake!
The full story can be found in the December 2015 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.