Monday 14 December 2015

1955 LAND ROVER SERIES 1 V8 Special

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The story behind this particular Land Rover is detailed in a 5-page feature in the October 2012 issue of Classic Land Rover Owner magazine, 

Starting out in life as a bog standard 1955 Series One 86", it was long ago converted into a stripped out trials machine and was spotted languishing in a farmer's field by the late Mark Rumsey, a well known figure in the Series Land Rover world. In something of a sorry state when acquired in 2011, it was soon back in Rumsey's Tring workshop where he set about a thorough rebuild with the aim of making it a competitive trials machine once more.

It had already been fitted with a 3.5-litre Rover V8 twin carb engine and a Range Rover gearbox with Series 2 or 3 axles and was soon got running again. As the original bulkhead was in a bad way, another was fabricated using 6mm thick steel. Deciding to make it road legal and get an MOT, the vehicle was completely rewired and headlights, wipers, horn and indicators restored to working condition.

Sadly, Mark Rumsey died unexpectedly just as the project was completed and his brother invited LRO magazine to come and put it through its paces in a muddy disused quarry to sample the quality of his late-brother's work. "I'm delighted to report that this custom-made and custom-rebuilt old trialler delivers all the fun and thrills that Mark intended," said the article. "This thing claws its way over everything, through everything and up everything. It's huge fun."

It comes with a V5C, an old MOT and a copy of the LRO magazine in which it is featured , it now needs a new owner to grab it by the scruff of its neck and show it a good time on some thrilling dirty weekends. 

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