Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615

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Offline freddiemcardle

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Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
- Jan 03, 2021 - 19:11
Hello LRSOC members!


How wonderful to now be a fully-fledged member. It's been just a few days but I've already found out a world of excellent information from these forums!


I've always been a Landy lover, from sitting in the middle seat of my parents' old defender as a toddler to having my own TD5 90. But i have always dreamt of owning a series 1 - which this year finally happened!


The car is a 1951 Series 1 80' - HMR615. I believe it was once owned and restored in the 80's by Gavin Howell (who it seems is very sadly no longer with us).


I would love to find out more about the history of the car. I've applied for a heritage certificate and have found out some little gems from some old Legend magazine in the archive on here. One of which was that it was one of the 50 prototype 2 Litre engines.


I see from the legend archive Feb 1980 issue that it was registered as one of the 50 prototype 2 Litre's. However, the chassis & engine numbers don't seem to match. From my research, supposedly prototype vehicles should have a 7 as the second number and standard vehicles a 6. 


The chassis number is 26100726 & engine number 26100987


Could anyone shed any light on this?


I was also a little confused at its registered as a 1951 but as its a 2 Litre it should be a 1952 but perhaps the above has something to do with that!


I look forward to hearing your responses and very excited to delve into the history of this vehicle as well as start to make some new history for it and hopefully some new friends on here!


Many Thanks,
Freddie
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Offline Rob Tuck

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Re: Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
Reply #1 - Jan 03, 2021 - 20:35
Hi Freddie,
Your 80" is a 1952 model year with the sidelights in wings and the 2 litre engine etc. However, Series one model years change in the autumn so assuming yours is a relatively early one in the production year it would have been registered and in use before Jan 1 and therefore carry a 1951 registration.
Does your 80 have black coloured seats ?? if so I believe I may have seen it when it was stored near Ringwood some time after Gavin's passing.


Rob.
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Offline Stephen

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Re: Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
Reply #2 - Jan 04, 2021 - 08:59
Hello Freddie and welcome! Thatís a great looking 80  :cool:


  Stephen.
1956 88",  1940's Brockhouse

Offline msm80

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Re: Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
Reply #3 - Jan 04, 2021 - 09:32
Hi Freddie
Yes you have been lucky to acquire Gavinís regular 80Ē S1. Sadly I knew him only briefly of late and many years ago when I had bought my first 80Ē PMA672 in about 1978/9, now with Toddie in the New Forest.  :smiley:

Where are you based?
I know his best mate Sid whom Iím sure can help with some history with GMR. I do know Gavin and his widow went on several adventures with that landie so it has lots of history in its frame.

I believe the engine is original to the car and that Gavin had rebuilt it at one stage,  but you maybe confused about the prototype engine as these were built and tried in the 1950 061 series and some later early 1951 161 models as a trial for the 2ltr type you now enjoy.

Incidentally I have ex RAF 80Ē 26102943 so a bit later than your fine specimen. Gavin had a number of S1ís in his life including pre-pro HNX444. I also have an early 48 example Iím hoping to start re-assembling quite soon.

Gavin had been the LRSOC area rep in this area for many years and had a much respected following in the club.
Iíll mention your query to Sid.

I hope you have a long association with GMR and enjoy both car and club for many years to come.

Cheers
Malcolm
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Are we there yet!!

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Offline katkins862

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Re: Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
Reply #4 - Jan 04, 2021 - 12:17
Hi
A very nicely presented 80Ē enjoy

Ken


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Offline msm80

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Re: Hello from Oxfordshire & HMR615
Reply #5 - Jan 04, 2021 - 14:10
Hi Freddie
Been in touch with Sid. He wasnít able to add much to HMR ( accept Iíd said GMR!). From that MR is Wiltshire and Iíd confused it with another S1 on sale elsewhere at the moment! Sorry for that.
Anyway, enjoy.
Cheers
Malcolm
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Are we there yet!!

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