1950 Land-Rover Series I Station Wagon, by Tickford

Owner: George Bamford Hosted by: JP Hackett

This Land-Rover was enjoyed by King George VI and the late Queen equally. It was built on an 80in wheelbase, and its 1.6-litre engine was matched with a Rover P3-sourced four-speed gearbox and an unusual four-wheel-drive system. In 1949, Land-Rover launched a station wagon body option, created by Tickford, a coachbuilder that was known for its work with Rolls-Royce and Lagonda. Tickford started life trading under the name Salmons & Sons in 1830, and evolved into building bodies for cars as early as 1898.

This Land-Rover’s bodywork has a wooden frame, and there is seating space for seven people inside. The Tickford models were noticeably better equipped than standard Land-Rovers. However, because these versions were taxed as passenger cars, only around 700 were sold, the vast majority of which were exported.

This example joined the owner’s collection seven years ago. The original Range Rover-style rear-door opening was changed to a side-door to mimic a modern-day Land Rover set-up, and steps were fitted to aid entry and exit.

Power: 50bhp | Top speed: 40mph | 0-60mph: N/A