Classic and Sportscar Centre

Telephone: 01944 758000
Email: [email protected]

Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton

Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB

Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Closed Saturday
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Price: £SOLD

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1950 Land Rover Series I 80 Lights behind Grill

This lights behind the grill Series One Land Rover is quite simply outstanding to drive, one of the very best we have come across. OSU 530 spent the 2019 Goodwood Revival Meeting being used and displayed on the Airfield prior to coming to us in North Yorkshire. This beautifully aged, older restoration was one of the first 400 vehicles brought into service on the 6th January 1950, registered to the Ministry of Defence and according to the history, it only served in the UK. It was out of service by the early 1960’s and was barn stored throughout the 1970’s and most of the 1980’s prior to being fully rebuilt in 1988.

The Land Rover comes with an impressive history file that contains some photos from the body off restoration that was completed in 1990 and the Series One stayed with its owner for 19 years, selling it in 2007. From 2007 the Landy was on the Wirral and covered in the region of 10,000 miles, never once letting its owner down. Considerable expenditure was put into the vehicle, a correct Solex carb was sourced and fitted, the distributor was changed, tyres replaced, a complete re-spray in Bronze Green was undertaken carefully protecting the army badges and rivets, a Fairey overdrive was sourced and fitted and this completely transforms cruising in the Land Rover. A new starter motor, flywheel, water pump, clutch plate, exhaust manifold and stainless steel exhaust were also fitted. There is no doubt this example was enjoyed to its full potential, the Landy featured in many rallies and events to include Llandovery (60th anniversary in the testing hills), 600 miles in one weekend without missing a beat, four days touring the Isle of Man and according to the paperwork, if not raining the Land Rover was almost in daily use.

The most recent owner, a Land Rover collector and enthusiast with a current collection of Landy's in double figures has enjoyed OSU 530 just as much as the previous owner. This year alone it has attended Brooklands Museum British Marques Day and driven to Goodwood Revival and its been used to regular driving. On the road this vehicle is truly exceptional, its strong lusty 1595cc engine performs perfectly, the gearbox is great to use and the overdrive hugely improves drivability and enables relaxed longer distance and higher speed cruising. This Series One is in excellent all-round mechanical order and presents beautifully with lovely older paintwork, a fabulous interior and tidy engine bay. OSU 530 looks and feels super honest, nicely aged with patina and from close inspections its very clear this is an exceptionally high quality example marketed at a sensible price.

Price: £SOLD