2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1954 Land Rover Series 1 SWB 4x4 Wagon

$14,000 - $18,000

No Reserve


Engine 1995cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. 47101595
Chassis No. 47660249
Body Work 2-door Wagon
Colour Dark Green
Interior Green & black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drum/drum

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Conceived as a replacement for the wartime Jeep by the Rover Car Company immediately after the cessation of hostilities, the Land Rover first appeared in prototype form in 1947 and used a production Rover 10 engine driving through a standard gearbox with specially built dual-range transfer box. With permanent four-wheel drive, simple but rugged engineering and basic styling, the first Land Rovers did well in the crucial export markets and a great many found their way into service on the land, in the military and industry in Australia over the years. The earliest Land Rovers all shared an 80-inch wheelbase steel box-section chassis with lightweight and easily detachable aluminium panels, including doors, bonnet and windscreen, making them a versatile go-anywhere machine. The original 1.6-litre side-valve engine was enlarged to 2-litres in 1952, with a useful hike in power, while a more conventional dog clutch arrangement was introduced in 1950 - both welcome improvements - but bigger changes were in store. In 1954 Land Rover unveiled a revised 86-inch wheelbase model, supplemented by a longer-wheelbase Station Wagon version on a 107-inch wheelbase, with seating for up to 10 on the rear bench seats. Mid-way through 1954 a new “spread bore” motor was adopted, with better cooling between the cylinders. Now celebrated as an automotive icon, interest in classic Land Rovers is at an all-time high and Series I models are fetching record prices around the world.


  • Very rare early Land Rover
  • 86-inch short wheelbase model
  • 7 seater station wagon
  • Fitted with rare Tropical Roof with extra skylight windows
  • Back Step
  • Has holes for interior bolsters 
  • Station wagon front and back badges 
  • Removable roof and sides 
Land Rovers have become seriously collectible over the past few years, especially Series I models like this 86” SWB station wagon. Bought out of Adelaide 10 years ago and used minimally around Melbourne since then, this 1954 Landie is packed with desirable features. It’s got a wireless (radio), a heater, a governor control, free-wheel hubs, a clock and both oil pressure and temperature gauges. Most significantly it has a very rare ‘tropical’ roof … these white reflective rooves sit proud of the vehicle’s main steel roof, to enable air to circulate between them and keep the sun off. Finished in typical for the period dark green paint, our example has canvas-like green vinyl bench seating for three up front, and two black vinyl foldaway bench seats in the station wagon rear, for a total seating capacity of seven. It’s all in very good condition for its age. Our Series 1 SWB comes with an owners’ instruction manual and a parts catalogue, and even an original sales brochure! It’s also supplied with a huge array of spare mechanical parts which in themselves are both rare and valuable. Previously on full Victorian registration, it is being sold unregistered and with No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.


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