Land Rover Series 1 80" 1949 R866 Lights Behind the Grille


Land Rover Series 1 80" 1949 R866 Lights Behind the Grille

A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptionally restored and very desirable 1949 Land Rover Series 1 80".

When Maurice Wilks, Rover's chief designer, came up with a plan to produce a light agricultural utility vehicle in 1947 he would have no idea that his design would become an icon and launch a whole new industry sector. The original Land Rover was presented in sage green with a canvas roof and revolutionised rural transport. As an engineering marvel it can still outstrip its modern counterparts, and the Series I rightly belongs in the Motoring Hall of Fame. Hugely successful globally, improvements were made throughout the production run.

The first 6,000 vehicles were made with a fish plate chassis, ring pull gearbox and lights behind the grille as the most distinct features.

Not to be confused with a later 1950 model which chassis number start 061 this is a true genuine 1949 starting R866. Vehicles like this don't often come on the market and so this is a very rare opportunity indeed.


In very good original condition, including the correct 1949 tailgate, wire door top hinges, deeper rear body capping, early windscreen with the offset bracket.

The rear tub unlike most Land Rovers is remarkably straight and original in the back and doesn't show any signs of hard use and currently has matching new rear bench seats fitted. A correct spare wheel and tyre will be supplied with the vehicle although missing in the pictures.

The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and in great condition.

The chassis is in good condition and is original and has been restored to a high standard having had any necessary outriggers. It has then been finished in the factory correct colour of bronze green.

The underside of the bonnet is unpainted and back to the bare aluminium as it would have left the factory the rear tub is also the same which is correct for the age of the vehicle.


It has a complete set of front seats from Exmoor trim that are the correct spade back type for the age of the vehicle. It has also had a new canvas and flaps in Khaki which looks great against the bronze green bodywork. Front and rear mats have also been added which finish off the vehicle well. The load area is exceptionally clean and doesn't show any sights of heavy use.

There has certainly been no expense spared on this Land Rover and the vehicle has had a thorough restoration.


The engine bay has been well detailed and finished to a high standard. The restoration includes an overhauled 1.6 litre engine that the correct type for the vehicle. A more modern coil has been fitted to improve reliability and also the vehicle has benefited from a new refurbished carburettor and distributor.


The engine busts into life at the turn of the key. It always starts first time and is a great runner. The vehicle really does pull very well and is a joy to drive and ready to use and enjoy this summer.

With the canvas sides rolled up and the door tops off this vehicle really does draw some attention. Especially when you put the windscreen down it really is an experience to drive.

The vehicle will be supplied with a full 12 month MOT. It has a permanent four wheel drive gearbox which is the early ring pull type and correct for the vehicle. The gears change up and down as they should and goes through all the gears as it should.

Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, this is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place.


This is a fantastic example of a Series 1 restoration which is ready to use and enjoy. The chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself.

This is one of the best value for money 1949 80" we have ever had the opportunity to own. This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its previous owners. It is a fantastic example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.

If you are an investor, then you will already know how these vehicles have appreciated over the last 10 years some doubling and others even tripling in value.

This a very honest 69 year old Series Land Rover. What you see is what you get it looks and drives exactly as it should. You will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle.

This is perfect to celebrate this years 70th anniversary of Land Rovers.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the vehicle.

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Any trail or inspection welcome, Credit and debit cards accepted, Delivery can also be arranged, P/X welcome, Any enquires please call 078255 87155 or 01745 798681.

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