When the 90 and 110 Land Rover models were launched in 1983 they revolutionised the model in terms of both road handling and off-road ability and paved the way for what would become known as the Defender. Most desirable of the range was the V8 County Station Wagon, featuring 12 seats and the same 3.5 litre engine and gearbox as fitted to the Range Rover. It also had improved interior trim plus the distinctive body stripes.
This unique and bespoke example, estimated at between £19,500 and £21,000, was first registered on 1stJanuary 1984 making it one of the earliest built. It features the rare and desirable sliding windows, flush door handles and the ultra-rare seat-box mounted high and low range gear selector lever. Just a handful to this specification are believed to have left the Lode Lane factory and it is possible that this 110 was a pre-production or even a press car.
Commenting on this amazing car, Guy Lees- Milne, general manager, Classic Car Auctions, said: “Given the uniqueness of this incredible Land Rover, coupled to the fact that 2015 heralds the final production run of this British icon, it has to be a shrewd investment. There really is no other like it.”
Subject to a long and painstaking restoration over a ten year period by a revered classic body shop specialist, who had the desire to create one of the finest driving 110 Station Wagons in the world, this unique example combines originality with performance enhancements. Sitting on a galvanised Richards chassis and featuring a new Rover V8 3.5 supplied by Dunsfold Land Rover, all mechanical parts have been either replaced or fully overhauled.
The bodywork has been painted to an exceptional standard in Rolls-Royce Nutmeg Brown to reflect the restorer’s desire for perfection with the rare and correct, new old stock ‘County stripes’ applied exactly as when new. The seats have been re-trimmed in the now almost impossible to source and period Land Rover cloth whilst the original headlining has been retained. Such is the care that this car has enjoyed it has only covered 100 miles since its restoration.
The sale of the car comes as the final ever Defender rolls of the production line later this year, ending 67 years of production at the Solihull plant.
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