SORRY NOW SOLD
A rare Freight Rover Sherpa 200 Series with two owners and only 19,613 miles.
PART EXCHANGE TO CLEAR – A VERY CLEAN USEABLE EXAMPLE.
Factory built passenger carrying vehicle, hinged cab and rear doors, left sliding side access door, two sliding passenger compartment windows, rear and side rear passenger door steps, two door mirrors, 5kph impact resistant RIM bumpers, wheel trims, mud flaps, front sun visors, front parcel shelves, speedometer, distance and trip recorder, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, two-speed wipers with flick-wipe, two speed heater/demister unit, four interior lights, front and rear ashtrays, digital clock, cigar lighter.
This iconic Freight Rover Sherpa 200 Series was a factory-built minibus with a genuine 19,613 miles from new! The single colour gloss paint finish in Lipari Blue, (Code JPE), still has a great shine in many areas and all panels are factory original. Most examples began to rust and had acquired a plethora of bodywork damage within their first few years, yet this example boasts very straight panels with no rust and the underside is mind-blowingly excellent with zero corrosion and has never been welded, almost unheard of for a Sherpa! There has been remedial paintwork mainly to the offside rear quarter to a less than perfect standard and there are various aged related markings and touch-ups throughout. All trim, bumpers, door handles, glass and lights are fully intact and the supplying dealer front number plate and front screen sticker remain. A remarkable survivor in rust-free condition yet with some visible cosmetic imperfections.
A blank canvas! The interior seats have been removed along with some interior trim to the rear as the previous owner used the vehicle as a day van to attend shows and overnight weekend events. The front seats have been replaced with luxurious motorhome captain swivel seats which are very comfortable and in excellent condition. The original two cab seats come with the vehicle. The fascia is in good condition and all gauges, switches and controls operate. The passenger door card has some small holes. The rear passenger area has been boarded out to the floor and rear wheel arches with insulation/sound deadening to the underside in preparation for the next project!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Factory fitted with the proven 2 litre O-Series engine, this robust 4-cylinder OHC unit was the most powerful engine available in the 200 Series range and develops whooping 84bhp! The engine pulls strongly and cleanly in all gears with a characterful rasp to the exhaust reminding you of when these vehicles bombed around everywhere! The beautifully clean engine bay is untouched even down many original Freight Rover stickers and the inner wings, bulkhead and slam panel are remarkably well preserved thanks to the low mileage covered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The steel wheels wear matching and ultra-rare Freight Rover hub caps, three which are in superb order with one having some light damage to the edge. The 185 R14C tyres have plenty of tread and the original spare wheel and tyre remains in the underhung cradle. Divided hydraulic servo-assisted brakes with front discs and rear drums are standard fitment and all are in fine working order.
Registered new on the 5th September 1986, this example was originally a 13-seater Minibus from the factory and was supplied by Austin Rover/Land Rover Main Dealer, Dutton Forshaw of Kettering. The first registered keeper was Argyll Club & Institute Ltd, a social club in the town which remains in existence today. There has been just one further private keeper since. Deciding to convert this nostalgic Sherpa to a day van for fun weekends away and motoring rallies it has served its purpose well, albeit not extensively. A folder of invoices and previous MOT certificates confirms servicing and maintenance work carried out in recent years to include the timing belt at 8,794 miles as well as an advisory free MOT carried out in August 2023. Two sets of keys are supplied. Several large boxes of spares and trim are also included in the sale.
Not meeting the usual KGF Classic Cars stock profile in terms of condition one credentials, but not detracting from the rarely seen overall preserved condition, we are offering this example for sale on a part exchange to clear basis. The vehicle looks superb and performs as such and represents huge nostalgic fun. Ready for immediate enjoyment or a fun project as a conversion to the next owners choice….. Full inspection and test drive is most welcome.