Churchill’s Land Rover set to star at Cambridge Vintage Sale
A Customised 1954 Land Rover Series I which was presented to Sir Winston Churchill on the occasion of his 80th birthday will be the undoubted attraction of Cheffins evr popular Cambridge Vintage Sales at Sutton, Nr Elyon Saturday 20th October.
The Land Rover was specially put together including a suitably commodious passenger seat, with the middle seat converted to a fold down arm rest whilst a leather clad grab handle was fitted to the bulk ahead to ease access. Whilst the UKE registration number is a standard Kent issue, many have motive the United Kingdom Empire reference whilst the ‘80’ would be a fantastic coincidence indeed if it was not deliberatly applied. With just 12,932 miles this is a remarkably original vehicle with the provenance of arguably the most famous British leader of all time. It is offered for sale with a pre- sale estimate of £50,000- £60,000.
A beautifully presented and compact Showmans engine will adorn the front line. Built in 1926 the Aveling & Porter Showmans tractor started life as Class A 6ton road roller and is believed to have been converted in the 1970’s. ‘Little Gem’ as it is named aptly describes this engine which is presented in an exuberent Showmans style with plenty of brasswork.
Also entered alongside is a 6” scale Ruston Proctor 8nhp traction engine which is a unique, well built top quality engine completed to dimentions from the full size engine.
The tractor lineup boasts a quality entry with some superb examples on offer. Headlines include a superbly restored County 1174, Massey Ferguson 185 4WT, New Performance Super Major , Fordson Power Major, County Full Track and for the man with extra shed space a colossal Big Bud 650/50 packing a whopping 650hp! Also in the original section is a Massey Ferguson 135, a one owner Ford 3000, Ford 7000, Massey Ferguson 165 Multi- Power and 188.
Other highlights include a John Deere 830, Muir Hill 121, International Farmall M, Massey Ferguson 148, Field Marshall Series I, International F14 and no less than five Massey Ferguson 135 ranging from concours to straight ex-farm.
The October sale has a good selection of classic commerials including Scammell Highwayman & Pioneer, Albion FT, KJ127 and Clydesdale. Also there will be some 25 motorcycles on offer including 1958 Velocette Venom, 1959 Velocette Viper, 1939 Montgomery Terrier, 1960 Greeves Sport amoungst others.
Another large entry of associated spares, memorabilia, automobilia, implements etc will also adorn this sale.