Tracked Series II Land Rover to go under the hammer
A Land Rover Series II that had been converted to have tank tracks instead of wheels is going up for sale next month.
The 1958 model was converted by Cuthbertson very soon after it was built and is being sold at the Goodwood Revival festival in association with Bonhams next month. It has a starting price of £50,000.
Fitted with a 2.3-litre petrol engine, this odd and very rare version of the iconic off-roader is completely road legal and exempt from road tax and MOTs. It is also believed to be the only one running in the UK.
Although the full history of the vehicle since 1958 is mostly unknown, it was restored in 2000 and spent time in Norway and Germany before returning to the UK last year.
Each wheel was replaced by a track consisting of four skinny wheels and a sprocket, which is fitted to the axle to drive the 40 steel shoes per track. It also comes with power steering and three leather seats on the front row.
This conversion made the Series II even better off-road and more versatile, but seriously affected its speed and limits it to 35mph.
Standing at eight-feet high and capable of wading through rivers and marshes, this Cuthbertson conversion is a unique piece of history and one that could fetch a high price.
A Bonhams spokesperson said: "The Cuthbertson Land Rover is one of the most unique and eye-catching examples available. It is one of very few survivors and is surely the ultimate off-road vehicle available.
"It's believed to be the only version in the UK, and would make a brilliant addition to any collection of weird and wonderful vehicles."