The Land Rover was developed by the Rover car company following the second World War. Development of a new model at this time required practical out of the box thinking as the British economy was depressed, rationing was still in use and there was a shortage of steel.
Chief designer at Rover, Maurice Wilks, was inspired by his ex US army Jeep which he used on his farm. The plan was to target the agriculture and mining industry with a similar but improved product. The success of this model both in the UK and export markets was a huge surprise for the Rover car company and it remains a motoring icon to this day
This example is a custom build commissioned by the owner in 2015. He wanted a Land Rover with the look of the original Series 1 but with the modern brakes and ease of use of the Defender. Crossley & Webb coordinated the project, and a 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 2 door pickup was sourced, the body removed, and Land Rover series 1 body panels were used to back date the donor car.
High quality ebony wooden panels were made up for the floor and loading bay, a custom soft top frame fabricated plus high-quality canvas was imported from Germany for the seats and weather gear.
In 2020 this Land Rover evolved further to provide added ease of use. A Lexus IUZ 4.0l V8 engine and automatic gearbox were fitted by a specialist in Durban. All paperwork and police clearances have been completed to reflect the updated powertrain on Natis
This is an opportunity to secure a unique one off custom build with the classic style of the Land Rover series one but with none of the drawbacks of the original 1950’s drivetrain.
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