Stage One - The rare beasts!
by Annette Flottwell
Thanks to all who sent their chassis numbers in the last two months, so here is the beginning of the Stage One V8 register! I was expecting most Stage Ones to be UK based, but you surprised me, sending pictures from Indonesia, Chile or Trinidad. Great! So where do I start?
Sanjay Ramdath from Trinidad & Tobago writes:
own a Stage One V8 Short Wheel Base. Rolled off on April 15th 1982.
She's one of 24 produced. 4 were produced before and there was one prototype.
That's 29 known in all. She's a 88, RHD station wagon. VIN: SALL BABH1AA159957
ENGINE: 11G D1930.The chassis number, continues Mr. Ramdath, relates to
a 4 cylinder RHD export model, he is very right. But then these numbers
sometimes do not mean very much.
bought her last year from Lee Young & Partners last year (2002). They
are a soil testing engineering company. Up until early 2002 the had rigged
up a soil boring drill to her engine and used that to drill for core samples.
I have (with much pain) found the original V8 gasket kid and changed all
the seals, fixed the valves. Changed the colour to orange and black. redone
the upholstery. I also changed the suspension bushings with original ones.
Found a new house light. Replaced the original front seats with Mazda
323 front seats and put the originals (still in quite good condition)
in storage. The chassis is in immaculate condition, no rust visible. The
leaf springs are slightly rusty. After this years inspection I think I
will bathe them in rust proof and oil. All in all she runs like a dream.
Lee Young changed the original carburettor to a Weber type double throat.
I would love to bring her back to original specs if I can find out what
they were (and I have the money). I have always dreamed of owning a Landy.
As a young boy whilst my friends drooled over mazda rx7s and 280zxs I
liked the old rough go any where Land Rovers. So here I am. I now have
fulfilled 2 boyhood dreams, I own a Landy and I'm a Veterinary Surgeon.
Look at these stickers:
I almost forgot to publish another funny chassis number. My prototype
Sally left the factory on November 18th, 1976. The engine number is LR
4, she was registered as a 6 cylinder and the chassis number is 91451802C,
which makes her a LHD pickup 4 cylinder 109. The R registration number
plate is not original according to James Taylor,but then we hop to find
has been with us for a year now. In the meantime she has taken us to Spain
and back, she dragged a ton of stuff from Belgium to the South West of
France, leveled the petanque (sand field to play boules) in a caravan
park and served faithfully as a base for photographing or picking cherries.
has indeed found something rare - there are many LHD pickups, civilians
like builders or foresters bought them, but on 24 V???
To be continued with your help!!
|About thirty other Stage One owners have sent their chassis numbers. I'll make a nice database of their contributions, but I'm still hoping for more Stage Ones and more Photos. PLEASE send me more!!!|