Bonkers price asked for first diesel Landie


The first Series I 88” diesel Land-Rover off the production line in 1957 has surfaced on an internet auction site with an asking price of £200,000. No, we haven’t added any extra zeros. 

Chassis ‘116700001’ was completed on 15 January 1957 in green, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell from its current condition, which is described generously as ‘unrestored’. With smashed glass and doors of the home made truck cab held on with bailing twine, it’s safe to say any restoration would need to be extensive. The engine, which comes from a contemporary Land-Rover, sits in the rear rather than the engine bay, while the rear cross member is damaged and the bulkhead needs rebuilding. 

The car’s green logbook dates back to 1967 and lists two owners, the second of whom used the Land-Rover until 1982, after which the vendor states it hasn’t been used. 

A photocopy of the original production records showing the second car off the line being dispatched to SB Wilkes is included in the sale.

Though the advert suggests the car was purchased for a high figure, it seems a deal could still be struck: offers in the region of the asking price will be considered. 

Click here to see the full advert


Lanchester L.D....

..... I would like to know what happened to my Father's civilian green, short wheelbase,Diesel, Landrover, number WBT 78. We used it as a road car and travelled to northern Scotland, Wales and various places in England. This was in spite of the fact that the Diesel engine was an early Rover design and vibrated horribly so that my Mother would not let my Father drive at over 30 miles per hour! If the car still exists, I would be very surprised if it still has its original engine.
..... Regards, Adrian.

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