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Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953

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Manufacturer: Land Rover
Model: Series 1 Minerva
Year: 1953
Engine: 2000cc Petrol
Trim: 80"
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Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953 for sale

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  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953
  • Land Rover Series 1 Minerva 80" Ex Army 1953

Land Rover Series 1 Minerva


Ex military

2 litre petrol

Very rare vehicle

Easy restoration project

Tax & MOT exempt (UK Market)

Not to be missed

 Please note: I am slowly restoring this vehicle on a day to day basis. so the price will be reflected (it will go up !) as jobs are completed. If you want a bargain. the quicker you buy it. the better the deal !

 Once this vehicle reaches the stage of roadworthy condition. it will be priced in the region of $40. 00 US Dollars 


Unique opportunity to purchase a rare Land Rover Minerva; this model uses the series one chassis and the two litre engine with many other parts affiliated with the Land Rover series one we all know and love.


The chassis is in rot free condition and has traces of old galvanising. which substantiates its present order. I have had the engine running (superb runner) and have recent video evidence of the car driving. The gearbox & clutch. is working as it should do and locates all gears without jumping out. The car steers well and newish linkages are present. the tyres are in good condition.  The rare and early dip headlight steering wheel. Solex carburettor. dash. gauges. flat top radiator etc. and many other parts associated with Land Rover series one. which make many thousands of dollars on the second hand market. are all intact.   As you can see the car is in an unmolested state and recently removed from a barn in Belgium where it has sat. dry stored. All the original Belgium registration documents and some past history files come with the sale. and after restoration is completed will be MOT and TAX exempt. This is a relatively quick and easy process. and the vehicle will be issued with an age related registration number. (UK) 

Obviously. there is work needed. some immediate points are listed as follows – the exhaust silencer is missing. the brakes will need overhaul and possibly a new slave cylinder. I have started the overhaul on the braking system. all the drums have been blasted & cleaned. the new wheel cylinders. brake shoes & hoses are all on order. as is the master cylinder.  I can complete the overhaul if you require. (depending on the sale price). or take it as it is. as the hard work  has already been done ! The handbrake works well. the starter motor. although turning over does not engage(cheap fix from Dunsfold Landrovers). windscreen glass is missing on one side and the driver's door glass has been broken (these items are easily available). The lights all work. as do the dash lights and dip switch !  The body is all steel and plates will need replacing (mainly just the wing tops). however. the bulkhead. chassis and footwells are solid as per the photos.

 In essence. once completed. these nice and very rare vehicles when they come onto the market. often make in excess of $40. 00 so this surely represents a fantastic purchase & a great investment. only increasing in value each year that passes.   

Delivery within the UK

I can deliver anywhere within the UK within 1 to 3  days. Please call for a quotation.

Delivery/Export outside of the UK

  I am happy to export the vehicle to the USA. but all the out of pocket expenses. taxes. import/export duties. transportation etc will be paid for by the buyer in advance. and the full balance of the sale price in cleared funds must be made 72 hrs prior to the vehicle leaving my possession. A deposit equal to 50% of the sale value will need to be made within 24 hours of using the Buy it Now.


Any questions or enquiries. please call me anytime on :  (+44) 07854 524 873 or send an email. No stupid offers please.

Please find below some information that may be of interest to you about the history of the Land Rover Minerva.


Societe Nouvelle Minerva S. A.


Aware of the Belgium army's search for a new lightweight 4x4 vehicle. the head of Minerva. Monsieur Van Roggen. approached the Rover company in the Spring of 1951. On the 21st June the Rover company learned that a total of 2500 vehicles would be required and that Rover were competing with Willys for the contract. In October 1951 the deal was agreed. documentation being finalised on the 7th May 1952.

Under this deal it was agreed that Rover would supply full technical assistance to Minerva who would be granted permission to manufacture Land Rovers under licence. Rover would supply Completely Knocked Down kits (with CKD chassis numbers) consisting of the chassis. engine. axle. transmission and other parts to the Minerva company in Antwerp who would then build its own steel body to suit the Belgium army. The Minerva sales literature [picture of Landrover / Minerva 4x4. jpeg]states that 63% of the parts used in the vehicles were of Belgium origin. The chassis were later built in Belgium as they are different in a number of ways to the Land Rover chassis. being box welded and lacking the pto hole provision in the rear cross member. It is also possible that Rover supplied complete pre assembled vehicles around this time; perhaps the civilian models which had rear pto holes.

The Minerva assembly line employed about 500 qualified workers who could produce 50 vehicles a day. These vehicles produced were left hand drive. 80" wheelbase models. with the 2 litre engine. The most obvious differences between the Minerva and our own Series Ones being that the front wings that are squared off and sloping (simpler to produce than Solihull's rounded front wings). The bodywork. including the doors. was all steel and a narrower front grille was used with the Minerva badge. Two styles of badges were used. the earlier version stating "Licence Rover" and the later having the oval Land Rover badge at the bottom of the Minerva name. Slatted oval panels on either side of the grille cover the apertures and the front bumper was fitted with a single "pigtail" towing eye on the drivers side. The side lights were located at the bottom of the wings and the headlights were larger than usual. Smaller brake lights were fitted to the rear panels.

Other differences include the exhaust being emitted from beneath the drivers door and the door handles. The 80" army Minerva door handles were like those of its British counterpart with the canvas flap - although the door locks are slightly different. However. the civilian [picture of Landrover / Minerva 4x4. jpeg]Minervas had external door handles.

The military vehicles look quite different from the rear; a three quarter height fixed tailgate being fitted. the police and military versions had the spare wheel mounted on the right and a jerry can holder mounted on the left hand side (the Minerva petrol tanks are a little smaller than the Land Rover equivalent). No centre seat was provided. a toolbox being fitted in its place which was about the same size as a seat base cushion. (The space under the seat which Series Ones often use as a toolbox housed one of two 6v batteries. the second being under the bonnet).

It is thought that the Belgian army stockpiled the vehicles and thus effectively brand new vehicles were. until recently. still entering service. They simply had the milage of occasional trips around the warehouse which prevented them from seizing up!

An armoured / assault vehicle version was also produced (see LRO August 1988 for pictures). with heavy plating. armoured glass screens and machine gun mounts at both the front and back. The spare wheel for these was mounted on the front. in front of the grille.

Field ambulance versions were produced. being basically the same as the standard vehicle but with the tilt extended at the rear to cover the overhanging stretchers. It is thought that this tilt could in fact be the same as used by the ambulance version of the Jeep. These vehicles were fitted with frames that extended when required in order to allow stretchers to overhang the vehicles body.


On the 1st October 1953 a civilian version of the Minerva Land Rover was announced. This new vehicle was different in a number of ways from the previously produced military versions. The new vehicle was fitted with three seats. a drop down tailgate and provision in the rear cross member for a rear pto to be fitted. A choice of colours was also offered; green. grey or "other colours may be available". The company was so keen to enter the civilian market that it would produce virtually any colour the customer requested!

The brochure for the civilian model describes a central PTO from the main gear box to drive belts and describes the vehicle being useful for any portable apparatus - including generators. welders and water pumps. Indeed. the scenes used for the Minerva literature are virtually identical to those that Land Rover were using - with the obvious exception of slightly different vehicles.

Like our own Series Ones. Minerva versions included station wagons. hard tops. truck cabs. and tilt versions; the tilt being fitted with side windows - uneconomic in the UK due to vehicle [picture of Landrover / Minerva 4x4 . jpeg]taxation requirements. These vehicles were apparently well received by construction companies and farmers but are now very rare. A Fire version is also thought to have been produced.

It has been reported that in the mid fifties a 107" with Minerva wings was involved in an expedition across Africa. although the origin of this vehicle - and indeed its fate - are unknown.

It is possible that Minerva Land Rovers were distributed in the Netherlands and Luxembourg through the Armstrong Sidley network. as Minerva had certainly used this system in the past.

In 1954. the new 86" version was introduced. (as in the UK replacing the 80"). This vehicle was produced for the next three years. until 1956 when all contracts between Minerva and Land Rover were terminated. During this time. only 1. 00 86" vehicles were produced. and these are now extremely rare. (see LRO Aug. 1992 for picture).

It is likely that these 86" vehicles were only available as civilian models. The 86" had 3 seats and rear pto hole. The rear agricultural plate was also fitted. These vehicles had tailgates and the external door handles as fitted to the 80" civilian vehicles. The Minerva sales literature of around 1956 illustrates the 80" vehicle but describes the wheelbase of being of 86" in the technical data!

However. to contradict this theory of the 86" models being civilian only. a FFR 86" vehicle has been reported in LRO!

The Minerva Company and Rover "fell out" in September 1954 when Minerva bought an action against Rover for damages for breach of contract and monies allegedly due. S. Wilks and L. Farmer met Minerva representatives in order to negotiate and settle any disputes. A deal was agreed which included the supply of 900 further vehicles at an advantageous price. (These being the 270 vehicles of 1955 and 630 of 1956).

The original Belgian army order was for 2. 00 vehicles although a further 3. 21 were subsequently ordered. As a result. despatches for 1952 and 1953 totalled 7. 59 Completely Knocked Down vehicles. However. only 200 CKD 86" vehicles were despatched during 1954 and this may well have contributed to the dispute between the two companies and agreement that all contracts would be terminated after a further 900 vehicles had been despatched.

Thus. from May 1952 until the contract between the two companies was terminated at the end of June 1956. a total of 8. 59 CKD vehicles were despatched from the Rover Company to SA Societe Nouvelle Minerva of Belgium.

A little later that year Minerva announced the C-20 and M-20 (Civilian and Military) Tout Terrain vehicles but very few of these are believed to have been produced and the company soon experienced financial difficulties. These vehicles were 100% Belgian and were available in two wheelbases. They had a monocoque construction where the engine and transmission were mounted on a subframe that was easy to remove and thus maintain. It was claimed that this could be removed and refitted again by two men within an hour. The prototypes of these new vehicles were built on left over Land Rover chassis.

Apparently these versions were capable of climbing slopes of 70%. could seat nine people and had a loading capacity of 750kg (3/4 of a ton). They did not however prove popular with the Belgian army who purchased Land Rovers direct from Rover.

Literature also describes the option of the Jebanch J W 35 engine for the Tout Terrain. a 1. 4 litre. 2 cylinder. 2 stroke diesel engine or a Continental F4140 engine.

The Minerva company finally fell into liquidation in 1958. Today the factory site is divided into industrial units. a number of which are derelict. Following Minerva's demise. Beherman Demoen became the sole importer and distributor for Land Rover in Belgium.

There is however a certain amount of mystery regarding these vehicles. Until recently there were many new Minervas stockpiled in warehouses for the Belgium army's use and Minervas of the early 50's may be seen today fitted with the latest armourments. It is also said that. when disposed of. the chassis are machine sawed to prevent further use of complete vehicles. I was also recently informed that when sold. Minervas are disposed of in batches of at least twenty. However. the price of these batches varied according to the price of scrap steel at the time!


Minervas are thought to have possibly gone to Australia and a couple have been donated by the Belgium government to the Organisation of African Unity in Rwanda. (LRO December '92).











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