What’s the story?
You’re not dreaming. This magnificent One Ten V8 County Station Wagon is for real. But you don’t know the half of it yet. Not only is this vehicle totally original and unrestored, it’s only covered 15,000 miles.
This amazing machine was supplied new by Merlin Land Rover of Nottingham to the boss of Millhouse in Derbyshire, a Rover main dealer and a classic car collector. It was built to his order. He planned to use it to deliver customers’ cars and to collect his own classic cars, towing a trailer he had built.
Sadly, he died suddenly in the workshop from a heart attack. His widow then made the One Ten something of a shrine to his memory, because he had loved it so much.
Our favourite bit?
The widow wasn’t keen on the mechanics using it in case they were too hard on it, so it stood around unused for most of its life. After just over 23 years of inactivity, it was bought by James Robb and his girlfriend Bonnie Colburn, after considerable persuasion and persistence.
And the verdict from Mark?
This is the most amazing 25-year-old utility Land Rover I’ve been in. The dash is perfect, as opposed to the usual dishevelled, cracked affair. The seats are pristine, not plucked and stained. It’s fantastic - like being in a cocoon that’s a quarter-century behind the world on the other side of the driver’s door.
This Land Rover deserves to be preserved, not abused or modified.
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.