Land Rover by Cuthbertson

James A. Cuthbertson of Biggar in Lanarkshire, Scotland started his own company in 1936 to manufacture his inventions. Although not a household name, Cuthbertson designed the first endless rubber belt, he also created rubber tracks for military vehicles (in place of the usual steel), consulted with the governments of Britain, Canada, and the USA, and worked on an underwater pipeline from England to France to supply Allied vehicles after D-Day.

  • 'Cuthbertson was an early manufacturer of rubber tracks, dating back to World War II, and designed the first endless rubber belt. This led to many further developments based on applications for his invention, including half tracks, the unique "Water Buffalo" and the Land Rover conversions specifically for farmers forced to work in an uneven, hostile landscape.' – James A Cuthbertson Ltd.

    This Series II Land Rover has one of James A Cuthbertson Ltd's tracked conversions, which was fitted in 1958 when the vehicle was new. A 2,286cc petrol-engined model on the 109" wheelbase, it was built on 8th September 1958 and despatched on the 12th of that month to SMT Sales & Service Company Ltd, Carlisle, registered as 'NHH 297'. It is a very early Series II (production began in 1958) with twist-type vent openers and a stalk-mounted horn.
    Little is known of this Land Rover's early history, though it later became part of the 'Norwegian Collection' before being sold in November 2011 by John Craddock. The 'Landie' was owned by a German businessman until 2015 when it was acquired for the current owner's private collection. It was reregistered on the current plate '178 UYU' in 2016.

    We are advised by the private vendor that the vehicle was restored circa 2000, the work being completed to a very high standard; it still presents well, the quality of finish being stunning both inside and out. '178 UYU' is described by the vendor as in full working order and 'on the button'. Fitted with power steering, it is said to be extremely capable off road, particularly on grassland. Surely the ultimate off-roader, this rarely seen Land Rover variant would be ideal for classic vehicle/agricultural shows or use on private land, and would suit corporate events or inclusion in any private collection of rare and unusual vehicles. Exempt from both taxation and the MoT test, this is believed to be the only Cuthbertson Land Rover currently in the UK. Accompanying paperwork consists of a BMIHT certificate and V5C registration document.
1958 Land Rover Series II 109
1958 Land Rover Series II 109