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Land Rover Series 1 1955



Land Rover entered production in 1948 with the Series I.

It was originally designed for farm and light industrial use, and had a steel box-section chassis, and an aluminum body. From the beginning it was realised that some buyers would want a Land Rover's abilities without the spartan interiors.

In 1952 and 1953, a larger 2.0-litre petrol engine was fitted. This engine has Siamese bores, meaning that there are no water passages for cooling between the cylinders. During 1950, the unusual semi-permanent 4WD system was replaced with a more conventional setup, with drive to the front axle being taken through a simple dog clutch.

The 1954 model year brought major changes. The 80-inch wheelbase model was replaced by an 86-inch wheelbase model and the extra wheelbase was added behind the cab area to provide additional load space. In mid-1954 the "spread bore" petrol engine was introduced (from engines 5710xxxx), allowing better cooling between the cylinders. The engine was modified again in 1955 (from engine 1706xxxxx), sometimes known as the 'later' spread bore, like in the case of this example we have here.


  • This Land Rover was purchased new by New Zealand Civil Aviation in 1955 – It was used as a crash and fire tender vehicle at Westport Airport.
  • It has been in two (2) families since 1975 and is a matching numbers car.
  • Car recently underwent a ground up restoration – aluminium body was completely stripped off and repainted
  • Chassis completely stripped off and repainted
  • New shocks on front
  • Engine out valves done
  • Brand new wiring loom
  • Upholstery redone
  • Car is Immaculate
  • Very clean throughout and Drives beautifully

For more than half a century, the Land Rover has been the world's most versatile vehicle, rugged, made for hard work. Engineered to withstand the toughest stress and strain, this is a vehicle that takes you where other vehicles dare not go.

PRICE FIRM. Will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.

This car is in Outstanding Condition throughout.

Transport / Shipping can be organised on Buyer's behalf at Buyer's cost.

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.

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