Restored Series l Land Rover Set To Spark Bidding War In June

A ‘meticulously restored’ Land Rover Series l with 109in wheelbase is coming up for auction on 17-22 June in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire. According to Land Rover Owner International, the rare vehicle is significantly under-priced at its £14,000-£16,000 estimate, and could attract a lot of interest on the day.

The late 1958 model is thought to have its original 2.0-litre petrol engine and gearbox, and has just 31,000 miles on the clock. Currently restored to full working order, the only sign of modernisation is a set of oversize tyres. The vehicle has up to date V5C documentation ready for the lucky new owner.

The vehicle is presently owned by Dick Wombwell, an agricultural machine enthusiast who bought it back in the 1980s. Described by the auctioneers Cheffins as being ‘meticulously restored over several years to his exacting standards at significant expense’, this raises the question of why it has been listed at such a modest price.

According to the June edition of the LRO Price Guide, 109in Series ls in mint condition are worth around £21,000. The model offered by Mr Wombwell is not 100% originally restored to standard manufacturing specifications, but it isn’t very far off.

Land Rover Owner International assistant editor Mark Saville said: ‘I think the guide price range is very tempting, and I’d expect it to go for somewhere north of £20k on the right day, as unmolested 109in Series Is are very rare these days.’

Also on offer at the same time is a 1980s ex-NATO Land Rover One Ten, which is unregistered and without documentation, and has served in Bosnia and Serbia. It is now suitable for off-road use only, with low wide wheels.

So there you go: a potential bargain waiting to be snapped up by Land Rover lovers who are looking to add a new gem to their collection.


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