Original Land Rovers have showcased their sturdiness long before evolving into the Defender model, but this Series II produced back in 1958 is certainly the Land Rover set to go where no Land Rover has ever gone before.
The model can go anywhere – albeit not very fast – because it features a track conversion courtesy of James A. Cuthbertson of Biggar, residing in Lanarkshire, Scotland. No more than 20 examples were reworked and it’s unknown how many still survived to the day – chances are this example might be the best preserved. Cuthbertson reworked the model with a subframe to accommodate the tracks and then used the Land Rover Series II on top of it – the sprockets are about the size of a regular tire – and the model also has a crankshaft-driven power steering unit.
The Cuthbertson Land Rover was anything but fast – maximum speed was some inches above 20 mph (32 kph), but compensated in terms of off-road prowess. Legend also says it was quite handy for the military during missions involving explosives clearing – it’s unknown if this example, from the first year of production, participated in such endeavors. But we do know Bonhams is going to sell it in September at the Goodwood Revival auction – with an estimate of £50,000 to £60,000.