Land Rover Series 3 88" One of The Last Made 1 Owner and 39,000 MilesSOLD
A Rare Opportunity to Acquire an Exceptionally Original, Unmolested & Very Desirable 1984 Series III Land Rover 88" Short Wheel Base with Fariey Winch.
Just 39,000 miles from new. Supplied new by South Counties in Chorley, Lancashire, which was a Land Rover dealer on 19th November 1984.
It has had just one owner from new, Mr. Bolt brought the car and drove it locally near his home in Godalming, Surrey he also used the vehicle to go shooting. As you can see the hooks are still present in the back for hanging birds. The vehicle came into our care when Mr.Bolt decided he could no longer drive it due to his age. The vehicle has always been maintained from new by Dunsfold DLR in Surrey generally going in once a year for servicing and an Mot.
Unique in such original condition and we think this is one of the lowest mileage best original un-restored late 1984 examples available.
A very rare find indeed and one unlikely ever to be repeated - truly remarkable!
To find an unmolested example has become very hard, but to find one that has had just one owner, only covered thirty-nine thousand miles, retains all of its original panels, its original chassis, engine, gearbox, interior and even all of its original factory paint finish well that's unheard of..............
When we acquired B638 VYW with the exception of a light damage to the nearside front wing and a few very minor scratches there was no damage on the vehicle.
The body and paint finish is 100% original, and way above the average 32 year old Series III Land Rover. However B638 VYW is not your average Series III Land Rover, it is extraordinary.
The wheels are finished in Limestone, which is factory correct for a 1984 Land Rover in Marine Blue.
The rivets on the rear panels and the roof uprights were never finished in body colour when they left the factory this is how it remains on this vehicle.
The bulkhead is exceptionally solid and original, in fact as good as we have ever seen including a original footwell on the drivers side and a replacement on the passenger side which has been done by Dunsfold and so has been done to a very high standard.
The underside has not been covered in under seal but preserved in new clean oil, you can still see the factory overspray under the wings and rear body this is exactly how they left the factory. No welding is required anywhere on this vehicle and it is ready to go.
The hardtop roof is in good condition and has no dents only a few scratches as it has been used for shooting. It is still in it's original paint where you are able to see the original spot welds through the paint.
Exemplary - by far the best original Land Rover Series III. The original factory fitted Deluxe front seat backs are in good condition as are the bases they have never been replaced and are the originals too the vehicle. The is a tear in the passenger base but we would prefer to see the original seats than poor quality replacements fitted a genuine used base could probably be obtained if the customer would prefer.
The dash is unmarked with no cracks or sun damage there are no additional whole anywhere.
No Radio ever fitted and the rest of the dashboard has been left unmolested. All windows open, all the window channels are good and because the vehicle has been kept under cover not rusted away as so often is the case. The door tops are even the originals with Triplex glass something that is almost definitely replaced on all other Series 3 Land Rover.
The load area is clean however it does have scratches due to guns been put in the back when it was used for shooting.
UNDER THE BONNET
One of the best original engine bays we have seen on a Series 3.
Original paint to engine block. It has the correct later 5 bearing crank engine which runs and drives perfectly with plenty of power and is has much more power that the previous engine. Factory fitted inner mud shields unusually still both in place and are intact.
ON THE ROAD
The factory fitted engine busts into life on the turn of the key. It is apparent that this is a vehicle that has been maintained and covered low mileage it runs as quiet and smooth as any Series Land Rover that we have ever had.
A joy to drive and such fun, the vehicle has a 12-month MOT with no advisories. Four wheel drive and low range engage, as they should. The gears change up and down as they should it has a very quite gearbox which is a good sign of it's light use and good maintenance over the years. The Fairey Winch is fully functional and engages and disengages as it should a rare item in it’s own right.
Almost all Series Land Rovers we have had drip a little oil, some quite a lot, B638 VYW is the exception though no drips of oil to speak of even after standing for days in the same place.
All the tyres are brand new 6.00x16 including the spare.
B638 VYW is an unmolested and original Series 3 Hardtop in immaculate original condition. All the numbers match - the chassis numbers on the plates are the same as on the log book registration document and that stamped on the chassis itself. The engine number also matches that recorded on the logbook.
This is one of the best low mileage, one owner and original untouched Series 3 we have ever had the opportunity to own with a very nice history.
This Land Rover has obviously been cared for and cherished by its owner and no expense spared on maintenance.
It is very solid example that requires no work and is ready to use and enjoy.
It retains its original chassis, still displays the V.I.N clearly stamped on it by the factory.
If you are an investor you will already known the growing importance of original un-messed with condition for classic cars. You will also know that Land Rover never used galvanised chassis for production of Series vehicles - so one that's been fitted with one cannot by any stretch claim to be original and un-messed with. If you are an enthusiast then you will not be disappointed with this vehicle as it is perfect in almost ever detail and is exactly as it left the factory 32 years ago.
What you see is what you get. B638 VYW retains much of its original paint finish - albeit with a few aged dings, scratches and marks. Please therefore do not expect absolutely pristine. However you will have to go a long way to find a better vehicle.
Opportunities to purchase for a genuine one owner vehicle don't often come up so please don't miss this one.
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