2019 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction

1957 Land-Rover Series 1 88 Utility

$25,000 - $29,000


Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 1997cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. 170608306
Chassis No. 113-8-00943
Body Work Utility
Colour Green
Interior Green
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

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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 ten on the rear bench seats.  Mid-way through 1954 a new “spread bore” motor was adopted, with better cooling between the cylinders, while the wheelbase grew a further two-inches mid-way through 1956, the familiar 88 designation becoming the standard over the next 25 years.  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. 


  • Last of the 88-inch Series I Land Rovers
  • Remarkably original example
  • Ideal for the collector
As confirmed by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate supplied with the vehicle, this Land Rover Series 1 left the factory in Complete Knock Down form on November 29, 1957 destined for the Australian market, the supplying dealer being Annand & Thompson of Brisbane, QLD.  Designated a 1958 model and one of the last made, the Land Rover was equipped with a 2-litre petrol engine and delivered to the first owner who lived near Hervey Bay, QLD.  Surviving in remarkably original condition, the Land Rover is understood to have enjoyed limited use and always belonged to enthusiast owners – the last two of whom kept it in storage.  Showing just 8,400 miles on the clock at the time of cataloguing, a figure the vendor believes to be genuine, the Land Rover presents in wonderfully preserved condition.  Aside from a new canvas roof and recovered seats, the car remains essentially unrestored, with only consumables like tyres replaced as necessary.  Both the fuel pump and brake master cylinder were replaced to make the Land Rover more reliable but the originals have been kept should a future owner wish to rebuild them.  The owner reports that the steering is light and tight and the engine and gearbox both behave as expected of any low mileage vehicle.  The free-wheeling hubs – a period option – are another notable feature on this lovely original Land Rover.  Currently registered in QLD until August 2019, the Land Rover will therefore be sold unregistered and comes with an original handbook and Heritage Certificate of Authenticity.  
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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