1950 Land Rover Series 1 - 3

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1950
  • Mileage 
    10 154 mi / 16 342 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    16100056
  • Engine number 
    16100917
  • Lot number 
    246
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Bronze Green
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

First registered in the UK on the 13/09/1950 to the first of five keepers, all farmers in Southern EnglandMechanically tip-top, the paintwork is believed to be original and is in a delightfully patinated conditionThe believed accurate 10,000 miles is validatedby its use exclusively on farms and the condition of the paintOur vendor, a gamekeeper and the custodian of small Land Rover collection, used the car for his weddingA local artist painted a watercolour of KUF 762 and a limited edition print is included in the saleFew Land Rovers of this period are unrestored and this patinated little Landie is perfect for family funVolumes have been written on the Land Rover's influence on twentieth-century motoring, and similarly, five decades of the twentieth century did much to influence the shape of the Land Rover. Developed by the legendary Maurice Wilks for the benefit of farmers, agricultural businesses and the military, early Land Rovers summed up post-war Britain; innovative, no-nonsense and thrifty, and were built from steel and aluminium now surplus to the war effort. However, the distinctive lines and simplicity of purpose changed little from that famous stick-sketch in the Anglesey sand made by Maurice Wilks in 1947, and as the final Defender rolled past the applauding engineers at the Land Rover plant on the 29th of January 2016, the family resemblance was there for all to see.Designed to carry bales of straw and faithful sheepdogs, the Land Rover somehow morphed into the ubiquitous, multi-purpose, continent-conquering vehicle we know today but this development owes a significant amount to the clearly voiced requirements of its many owners. Rarely has a British car company, before, or since for that matter, adapted to the demands of its customer base with such enthusiasm. The first Land Rover, and currently the most in-demand by collectors, was built with an 80-inch wheelbase and itcontinued to evolve after calls for larger engines, in both petrol and diesel variants, longer wheelbases and different body styles.This venerable example was first registered in the UK on the 13/09/1950 to the first of five keepers, all farmers in Southern England. Mechanically tip-top the paintwork is believed to be original and is in a delightfully patinated condition. The rear load bed shows Land Rovers continued use as farmers workhorse and the odometer reading of some 10,000 miles may well be accurate. Our vendor, a gamekeeper and the custodian of a small Land Rover collection used the car for his wedding and has kept itas a daily runner. It's a bit of a local celebrity and a localartist has painted a watercolour featuringKUF 762, a limited-edition print of which is included in the sale. Few Land Rovers of this period are unrestored and this little Landie displaysthe patina of decades of use and could probably be regarded asan important 'piece of social history'. How many 'pieces of social history' can be used for afamily tripto the pub?