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1951 Land Rover Series 1



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"I recently purchased a vehicle from Jesmond and found the whole process to be a great experience. I found Jesmond to be a very obliging and forthright person to deal with and felt quite quickly, that he is a man of integrity. He was very accommodating and allowed me all the time I required in making my purchase, never at any time did I feel pressured or unduly influenced in any way. Having said that he did take the time to find out what my needs and wants were regarding my vehicle purchase and was able to steer me on the right path with his vast knowledge of European cars until I was able to decide clearly what it was that I wanted. Once I had made my choice of vehicle he supplied me with all of the relevant history on it (where it originated from, work history etc) and familiarised me with the vehicle covering its performance and general running and how to get the best out of it. He encouraged me to get a check on the car prior to purchase and informed me of the best agents and automotive engineers that were locally available. His obvious love and passion for his vehicles and European vehicles in general came across strongly and only enhanced my faith in him and the car I was considering to purchase. When the sale was made and upon uplifting the vehicle I was delighted to find a full tank and a bottle of wine included. A nice touch. In short I found Jesmond a very professional and amiable person to deal with and would have no hesitation doing further business with him and would recommend him to anyone that could benefit from what he has to offer."
David Dowell, North Canterbury, New Zealand




      The Series One was a light utility with four-wheel-drive to deliver rough-terrain ability that no other light commercial had.

      The Land Rover concept was inspired by the World War 2 Willys Jeep. Maurice Wilks of Rover had one shipped to his Anglesey farm as a work vehicle, and decided that the idea was so good Rover should market a civilian equivalent targeted at farmers like himself. The die was cast, and the first Land Rover prototype produced. Its central driving position didn’t last, but the majority of its formula remained unmodified until the 1980s.


      • Chassis: 16161211 - this is the Purist's pick - the 80" wheelbase and 1600cc engine - Matching Numbers Car, which is rare, as most were swapped out with a Holden engine.
      • Four Long Term Owners from new (20 years, 16years, 21 years and 12 years)
      • The important aspect of this Landrover is that it was built over the Christmas holiday in the UK, started in December 1950, completed in January 1951 to be sold during that year as one of nine original NZ army cars, now with a decent following. We understand that the army history even got someone to write a book about the first 9 cars but we are not sure when this is due out.
      • The panels are Birmabright aluminium alloy with galvanised steel cappings to stiffen and hold them together; the bulkhead and door frames are also steel.
      • Sound bulkhead. No Rust.  Full rust proofing carried out.
      • Interior - don’t expect sophistication here but all in very good order.
      • Distributor swapped for a later one. The original one is available with car.
      • Been fitted with a Battery isolator/ security device just behind the near side headlight.
      • Engine refreshed with new shells ,rings, oil pump etc by Engine Reconditioning Services and John Finlay Motors in Canterbury.
      • Mileage tallies with the cars history.
      • You get character with a Land-Rover – bags of it. They are great fun to drive, will go where ordinary cars simply won’t go, and are strangely addictive. A Series I Land-Rover is not like any other classic car you’ll buy, and you really will get to love its faults. It can actually be useful, too.
      • NOTE: Personalised plates DON'T come with car.

      Think 4×4, and you automatically think Land Rover. The best of British has been with us for 73 years now, and with the launch of Land Rover’s new Defender – there has been an upsurge in interest for all models of the traditional Land Rover line. Its go-anywhere nature makes the Series 1 a truly versatile classic, and its ability to be hosed down makes it one which you shouldn’t be scared of using regardless of the weather or the season.

      This example, would arguably be one of the best examples in NZ.

      Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.


      Viewing is BY APPOINTMENT only.

      This vehicle has been sold

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      DISCLAIMER (Please Read)


      Waimak Classic Cars accepts that the vehicle being sold must be of “acceptable quality” in terms of section 7 of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (the Act) having regard to “the nature of the goods”.

      Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.

      The Purchaser acknowledges that the vehicle is being sold as a classic car; that in terms of the Act and the nature of the goods, the vehicle, is an old car that may have faults, unlike a modern motor vehicle.

      The Purchaser is encouraged to personally fully inspect the vehicle and/or to have the vehicle inspected, fully assessed and maintained by an experienced classic car mechanic.

      The Purchaser acknowledges that they have read and fully understand this notification and the nature of a car which is many years old.

      For more information about this vehicle, please contact us Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm (New Zealand Standard Time) on +64 (0) 3 310-6485 / +64 (0) 274 990-020. Alternatively, you may email us at info@waimakclassiccars.co.nz anytime.

      PLEASE NOTE: Waimak Classic Cars is Not a car yard dealer type of operation. As a result, we do not operate through fixed opening hours and viewing is By Appointment Only.