For Sale: 1953 Land Rover Series I in Phoenix, Arizona

Vehicle Description

This 1953 Series 1 truck is stunning representation of these timeless classics, and accurate to it's history with all the details intact. It's likely a late 1953 model, and maybe early 1954, given that it's an 86" wheelbase model. These trucks represent the vision that Land Rover had in the very early days, an uncompromising, tough, and utilitarian vehicle that would go anywhere.

This specific truck is true to that heritage, and while not perfect, is a very solid representation of these vehicles. This is especially true given that this is a (nearly) 70 year old classic Land Rover. Series 1 Land Rovers are becoming nearly impossible to find, especially in the U.S. market. They are extremely collectible and equally fun to drive. This truck still has much of it's originality intact including: chrome sideview mirrors, glass bulbs for the lights, original banjo steering wheel, original radiator with brass tank, brass headlight surrounds, and so much more.  The galvanized cappings around the body showcase an incredible patina that tell the story of this truck and show it's age.  The same can be said for the original front bumper that has been preserved and not painted nor replaced.

The engine is a factory-correct upgrade to the 2.25, 4 cylinder, Land Rover gasoline engine.  The engine is incredibly strong, and fitted with an upgraded Rochester B carburetor, the truck is as peppy and responsive as it's ever been. It has all the low end torque you would expect from an old Land Rover, and will also cruise at 60mph (sometimes 65mph) without hesitation. This Series 1 is clean, straight, and super fun to drive.

The driveline is rock solid and ready for the off-road trail when called upon.  The gearbox is the 4 speed manual gearbox, and shifts very well.  Those who have driven these vehicles know that you must shift slowly (not like a sportscar) to allow the gears to properly mesh. The transfer case is an overbuilt monster, ready for the toughest terrain.

The body is as straight as it's ever been, and the paint code is accurate to the light green color used by Land Rover for these vehicles. A new canvas top has been fitted and will allow you to configure the truck to your liking by rolling up the sides, rolling up the back, or removing the top completely for a bit more sunshine and a few more smiles.

All of the gauges function properly, and a new alternator has been fitted.  The truck starts up nicely, and really drives well. The steering holds a line, and the truck has new tires accurate to it's history, size 7.00 x 16, with tubes.

The paint is not perfect and shows some scratches and cracks.  The body is is straight as it was off the production line. Like most old British vehicles, there are a few oil leaks around the transfer case and gearbox, but nothing out of the ordinary.  If it's not leaking oil, it probably doesn't have oil.  The chassis is the original, and there are areas where repairs have been made over the years.

This Series 1 Land Rover is a work of art and super fun to drive. They aren't available often, and this specific truck is an authentic representation of a timeless classic.

Vehicle Details

  • 1953 Land Rover Series I
  • Listing ID:CC-1532307
  • Price:$59,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Phoenix, Arizona
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Land Rover
  • Model:Series I
  • Exterior Color:Light Green
  • Interior Color:Light Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Convertible:Yes

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