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Sunday 24 November 2019

1973 Land Rover Series 3 Tower Wagon - Bonhams MPH November Sale Bicester Heritage, Bicester Tuesday 26th November 2019


Bonhams MPH
November Sale
Bicester Heritage, Bicester
Tuesday 26th November 2019

1973 Land Rover Series 3 Tower Wagon
Registration no. PLX445L
Chassis no. 91102877B
*Highly useful classic

*Much recent work
*Interesting history

Odometer Reading:30122
MOT Expiry: 01/03/2020

Land Rover tower wagons (or 'cherry pickers') are still in use with power companies today but this 1973 petrol-engined example affords a more classic twist. At one stage operated by the London Borough of Wandsworth it changed hands 10 years later when in the hands of Merton, South London-based GV Mays, whose livery it carries today. The body and paint are said to be fair although the interior could be improved, while mechanically much work has been carried out during the vendor's tenure. Work has included bringing it up to MoT test standard, with a braking overhaul kit being fitted plus new brake hoses, master and slave cylinders. New spark plugs and an oil change have been carried out, a new fanbelt and speedo cable being supplied along with new points, condensor and rotor arm. Fresh tyres (and tubes) were also fitted. Ready for use on a commercial basis or on a country estate or simply as a different take on land Rover ownership, Bonhams MPH is delighted to offer this unusual example.


  • Vendor Score Total: 62/100

    Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Driveaway | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    Body Work: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Glass: 3
    Paint: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 2
    Headlining: 1
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 14/20
    Mechanical components: 3
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 3

    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 3
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 3

    Ancillary components: 3
    Main components: 3

    Car History File: 3

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