• Country of Origin – UK
• Body Style – Utility Vehicle
• Engine – 4 Cylinder; 4-speed Manual
• Right Hand Drive
• Ex Maharaja of Kutch
• Currently under full restoration at one of the best restoration facilities-Sara Auto Restorations, Mumbai
• Low mileage, highly original
• COLOUR CHOICE TO THE BUYER
Designed by Maurice Wilks as a ‘stopgap’ vehicle following the Second World War in an attempt to ease their reliance on pre-war designs, the Land Rover would go on to be a true cult classic, and an icon of motoring design. The Land Rover first appeared in prototype form in 1947 and used a production Rover 10 engine driving through a standard gearbox with a specially built dual-range transfer box.
Making use of the post-war aluminium surplus for the body shell and using steel box-sections for the chassis, the Land Rover was born out of a desire for a ‘go anywhere, do anything’ vehicle that would be rugged and dependable, yet cheap enough to put it in range of the working man. With permanent four-wheel drive, simple but rugged engineering and basic styling meant that the Land Rovers did well, especially in export markets. The original motor is a sturdy 1.6-litre side-valve four-cylinder unit producing approximately 50 horsepower mated to a four-speed gearbox adapted from the Rover P3 with a two-speed transfer case.
A particularly useful feature was the power take-off (PTO), allowing the Land Rover to power all manner of farm machinery.
The Land Rover on offer was at one time in the Maharaja of Kutch-Bhuj’s garage, and is undergoing a full Concours level restoration at one of the best restoration shops in India – Sara Auto Restoration – a facility of one of the largest automobile collectors in India which has turned out winners of numerous prestigious awards. The buyer gets the unique opportunity of deciding the final colour of the Land Rover – one of the original military colours, or a custom colour (conditions apply). This unique vehicle will be ready for delivery 30-days* after selection of colour, upon completion of all post-auction formalities.
Note: Images are of the sister vehicle after restoration.