1953 Land Rover Series 1 86" petrol
restored example retaining as much originality as possible; lots of restoration
information; on offer from a deceased estate
The BMIHT Certificate
for this 1953 86" Land Rover tells us that it left the Solihull works on 5th
October 1953 destined for David Rosenfield Ltd, Manchester.
home-market car, it ended the first phase of its working life in a
dismantled state, stored in a garage in Shurdington, Glos where it was to remain
for 27 years. The vendor's late husband, decided it needed sorting so took on
the dismantled project from his friend and proceeded to rebuild it over the
ensuing four years.
The chassis was rusty, but was carefully restored
using new outriggers and necessary repairs throughout. It is the original to the
car, something which is yet to be fully appreciated in Land Rover circles
where new, non original replacements are the easy way out these days.
Numerous photos on file show the extent and quality of the work, which also
shows the extensive restoration of the bulkhead - from a pile of rusted panels
to the completed, primed end result. Clearly no stone was left
The rolling project was displayed at a local show, where the
overwhelming view from the crowd was to put the body back on the restored
running gear in its original, patinated condition. The panels are pretty
straight, but retain a well-worn paint finish which looks in keeping with the
originality of the vehicle.
A number of invoices show parts used,
backed up by photos of the restoration. It has been carefully updated with an
alternator and -ve earth wiring, five new tyres, a new tilt, side windows and
runners, battery (2020), exhaust, brake master cylinder etc etc....
only non-correct parts that we know of are a Series III petrol tank (still
with under seat filler) and a rather nice sprung steering wheel from a Riley 2.5
with horn and indicators.
The whole project was nearing completion when
its owner sadly passed away, his widow commissioning the completion by a
good friend to bring it to the condition we see today.
This is a very
usable example complete with two-litre power. Bidders are advised that it
has seen little use since completion and it sounds like there is a dry
bearing in the clutch mechanism (which is all new) which may improve with use or
require a drop of oil in the right place.For more information -