After our daughter fell ill and spent a long time in hospital we found that we live in a great country, but too far from our family. We are moving back from Melbourne to Europe and it is with pain that I am letting go of my faithful daily drive, a 1958 Series 1 Land Rover.
This 1958 short wheel based 7 seater is one of the last of the Series One's produced (1948-'58). At 55 years of age this car is strong and still can do things which most modern 4x4s have trouble with. Saying that, I have only done off-road tests two times. I have been using this car mainly as my daily drive in the city. Over about four/five years I have had the car restored to some of its former glory. The engine, carburettor and distributor have been taken out, taken apart, and professional overhauled and reconditioned. The chassis has been cleaned and got a protective coating, I put in a new braided wiring loom, NOS pork pie lights and (at the time) optional indicators, all original as it should be. A lot of time, sweat, blood and (to the frustration of my wife) money has gone into this car.
Land Rover Series 1, 2.0 Petrol, 88"SWB, 1958, 7 seater, fully registered with Road Worthy Certificate (RWC) on the road, and extra parts. The Land Rover is insured for 15000.00 AUD with Shannons.
Price: 16950 AUD negotiable
at the time of writing:
Willing to negotiate and discuss spread payment plans or anything you have in mind.
WEBSITES included in sale:
(FYI, websites can go for ten's of thousands alone and these do get a lot of traffic by people interested in Land Rovers).
We will also sell the first car we bought after arriving in Australia. A blueToyota RAV4 Cabrio from 1998 valued today at around 6000.00 AUD. Selling for around 4000.00. Condition is that we will use it until we move around Jan/Feb/Mar.
Stock Photos of same model, I will make some of my own when it stops raining.
Children's Cancer Research
10% and any offer above this amount will be donated to a research program for the cure or prevention of Neuroblastoma, a children's cancer.
This video was made at a recent Christmas Party for children with cancer. I volunteered to drive the kids and parents at Sandown Racecourse and went on safari with them. It was great fun. 55 years young and still going strong.
When I got the car it was painted over in white. When the engine was out for reconditioning I had the panels taken off and painted in a Land Rover beige/sand colour which was one of the (export models only) options in 1958. In Australia I've heard others mention to me they know someone with a Land Rover in this colour, but I've never seen it. Original, but in Australia rare! If you don't like it you can paint it over as well. If you do this within the first 4 months of ownership we can discuss a part-cash-back/discount towards the costs.
What is not original?
Well, a tiny fuse box in the engine bay is not original. It can still be gotten from the UK or maybe from someone who has some extra parts (as some of us do). You hardly notice that. Another item is the hood. The hood-sticks are original but it carries a new custom made hood. Pretty solid and user friendly. All the original brackets are there to get an reproduction hood if you want that. In addition I installed an extra (period) switch for hazard lights (using the original wiring, how? just ask!). Besides that there are some aftermarket optionals installed, but in accordance with what was available at the time.
What is wrong with it?
NOTHING... Well, at 55 years of age there are always some little things which could still be done or improved upon. Now and then something may come up. Can't think of anything now. However, as a car it is in great condition and as said I drive it daily to work, shopping, etc. Occasionally I go on longer trips to an event or visiting friends.
I calculated this some time after the engine reconditioning and it was the same as a recent Land Rover. I forgot exactly how much and over the next week or two I will calculate again, watch this space.
This one has no overdrive installed, none. After the engine reconditioning I was amazed to find out I could get it to just over a 100km/hr. That was on the highway with the wind in my back and a slight downwards slope. However, that did mean oil being shaking out of the top and burning off on the hot engine. Plenty of smoke behind me. Still, it did get there. It got plenty of power and torque and when warmed up it cruises comfortably at 80km/hr. Remember these are durable, go anywhere, work horses and
not sport cars.
It is for sale now. I did volunteer to drive it end November '13 at a charity fair. Picking up children who have, or had, cancer and driving them around a race track. After that any date. Before that I will take any offers and if you really can't wait I am willing to discuss a quick sale... for the right price of course. We will leave Australia early 2014 and I hope you can buy this Christmas present latest Dec '13 or Jan '14.
More money has been spent than asked for. I kindly ask you to consider this when making an offer. The Land Rover will be put on eBay auction as well and may sell elsewhere. Receipts, past history documents, etc will all be provided.
Come See It! Take a test drive!
How better to decide than to check it out in person. Sure, bring a mechanic and the family. Just give a heads up. Too far away? I bought a few cars on eBay and never regretted those. Ask for pictures, descriptions of this or that. Happy to answer questions.
Bringing it, shipping it, getting it, etc.
If you want me to drive it back for you to Europe I am happy to do so (at your cost). If you live closer by as well. If you want it shipped/transported I will help you with that. It's all possible.
The below photos are unaltered and were made by Clarence Tang at night, more here. It looks very good. This is close to how the car looks in reality as well. However, it is an 55 year old car and there are some minor blemishes and dints. I instructed the panel beaters not to go all the way and leave some character (inside). The pictures are real and unaltered, but indeed models you meet in real life don't look as great as in the magazine. Photography like this is an art.