Now owned by Ben in the UK, this vehicle is a very unusual find. It was built with LHD, and then converted to RHD and used by Rover Service Dept at Solihull. It has a host of period options, including heated windscreens and full cab lining.
Ben makes a great deal of use of this 1-Ton and it has been to Ireland and back on a short holiday. Ben`s longer term plan is to restore the vehicle to be closer to its factory specification. Ben is still researching the original use of this vehicle but it appears to have had some kind of gantry on the back where the door would be, and the door is clearly a lot newer than the rest of the vehicle.
Motoring Journalist James Taylor recently sent me this photograph of OXC928J during its life as Rover’s mobile service school. There are minor differences to how the vehicle is now, notably it lacks the side steps and the mirrors are still on the wings, suggesting some of the modifications came later. It is also still left hand drive at this point. The photo does however clearly show the signwriting and graphics, the door stickers have still survived. What is interesting is that the repaint in Triumph Blue appears to have been done when the vehicle was new, see how the door is two different colours, with Land-Rover marine blue on the inside. The equipment in the foreground would presumably be carried inside the 1-Ton, and includes a Rover V8 engine, a Range Rover gearbox, and a 2.25 Land-Rover diesel engine, as well as brake servos and a differential.