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motodrome offer for sale this magnificent 1976 Land Rover 101 FC, converted into a ‘gunbus’ for use by shooting parties, finished in Blue with tan leather seats (seating for around 12 to 14 people) and fully-trimmed interior.
101FC’s (Forward Control) were built 1972-78 in answer to the British Army’s need for a heavy-duty 4×4 air-transportable gun tractor that could tow a 105mm Howitzer. Sadly the Howitzer doesn’t come with this one, but, unlike many, it still retains it’s seriously torquey Rover V8 engine.
The last owner (since 2015) commissioned a conversion to gunbus specification for use on his shooting estate, and whilst it’s now surplus to his requirements, it would make an ideal addition to a similar sporting facility.
Specification wise the gunbus spec includes:
- ‘personnel’ rear body with side and rear access doors
- retractable side and rear steps
- full-length bench seats along the full rear body length, trimmed in leather
- chequerplate anti-slip floor
- full blue trim to rear interior
- full headlining with flush interior lighting
- fridge and coffee machine (both powered by a leisure battery system with split charging facility)
- twin rear cab heaters
- 8 x 12 volt sockets with USB ports etc
- LED rear access lighting.
The driver and front passenger aren’t forgotten about either in that both front seats are Exmoor Trim high-back examples, trimmed in leather to match, with door trims matching the rear and the same anti-slip chequerplate flooring. Also it has a front cab heater as well.
Adding up the bills for this conversion, including a professional respray in 2016 and a very extensive mechanical overhaul, it’s had over £20000.00 lavished on it in the last 5 years, but this has resulted in a really fine example.
It’s further fitted with overdrive, electronic ignition, and, according to a bill from the 101 Centre who supplied to it’s first civilian owner in 1998, the LT95 gearbox has high ratio gears.
History, Mileage etc
It’s only had 3 previous civilian owners since being cast in 1998, and the odometer reading of 59000kms is supported by very good history including a sheaf of old MOT’s back to 1998, and loads of bills back to 1998 too. Last serviced at 57000km by a Land Rover specialist.
It comes with MOT to October 2020 and of course qualifies for historic road tax.
All in all, it represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a really well-sorted example that’s guaranteed to be noticed wherever it goes.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll find our usual 2 videos – a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions.