For the Love Of Cars: Land Rover Series I

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published on 24th April 2014 by Steve Whitaker

Currently on display at Kahn Design H.Q, this Land Rover Series I has an honesty anyone who’s driven a modern Defender will recognise.

Born in 1948 it went on to conquer the world. With only just 39,000 ever made, this national treasure of automotive pride was featured on Channel 4’s For The Love of Cars, starring Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead, a close friend of Afzal Kahn.

Philip and Ant found and restored this particular Land Rover Series I which had been sitting in a barn, un-driven, for over 41 years.

Its boxy looks endure to this day. The inspiration for this vehicle came from the American military Jeep and the original Series I even shared its wheelbase with the US legend.

Complete with a small 1.6-litre petrol engine, three seats squeezed within the interior, canvas hood and single windscreen wiper, this national treasure of automotive pride shows its younger stable mates here at Kahn H.Q the way to go.

Philip goes on to meet fanatical owners who eat, drink and sleep Land Rovers and a real life Lawrence of Arabia who depended on the Series 1 to keep him alive in the desert.

In case you missed it - tune into Channel 4- 4OD to see the latest episode of 'For the Love of Cars'.