Inspired by the US Army's wartime 'Jeep', developed in haste and intended for short-term, small-scale production, the Land Rover would defy its creators' initial scepticism. Rover bosses the Wilks brothers saw the need for a tough, four-wheel-drive, utility vehicle to serve the needs of the agricultural community in the immediate post-war years, but the Land Rover's runaway success took the company by surprise. The necessity of using aluminium panels at a time of severe steel shortage turned into a positive virtue in the Land Rover's sphere of operations, and the use of existing components - including the P3 saloon's 1,595cc, four-cylinder, sidevalve engine - kept production costs down and cut development time. Progressively developed since its launch in 1948, and modified to serve countless specialist requirements, the ubiquitous Land Rover looks set to continue well into the 21st Century.
Offered here is an unmolested example of the earliest and most desirable Land Rover variant which, unusually, still retains its original Ipswich registration number, correct 1,595cc sidevalve engine and 'spade back' seats among other original features. Believed to have had only two previous keepers, the vehicle currently displays a total of some 55,000 miles on the odometer, which although unverifiable appears consistent with its condition.
The recipient of a sympathetic restoration in the early 1980s, 'PV 9719' has formed part of a small private collection for nearly 30 years. Newly re-commissioned and described as 'on the button', the vehicle has been driven locally on several occasions over the past few months, proving to be totally reliable. We are further advised that it does not 'wander all over the road' like many other more tired examples. Although not a freshly restored 'show queen', this is a very sound and correct early Land Rover possessing a lovely patina, which would grace any serious private collection. Capable of providing enjoyment for another 60 years, it is offered with heritage certificate, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5. A very rare find.