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Roadless Rover.

From: Bill Barnett
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 16:41:51 +0000
Subject: 109 "Roadless" land rover for sale at public auction

The Institute of Hydrology (a component body of the Natural Environment Research Council's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) will be disposing of the above vehicle at public auction 15th February 2000 at Russell, Baldwin & Bright in Leominster.

Some Background information:

A bit of history about the bogtrotter.

Date of purchase 18/8/65 From Roadless Traction
Roadless Traction were developing the 109 "Roadless" Landrover as a commercial alternative for use primarily in 3rd World countries, but unfortunately was not marketed effectively and due to closure of the factory at Isleworth, Nr Heathrow, never produced any significant quantities of the vehicle.
The Institute purchased 2 complete vehicles for use in upland research catchments where they have been employed in daily use for the last 35 years. One was disposed of about 5 years ago to Lixtoll garage in Perth, and as far as is known is still there.
With the closure of the Roadless factory we purchased some spare axles of which there is still 1 complete rear axle and 90% complete front axle, which will be disposed of with the vehicle when the vehicle goes for sale.
The vehicle currently up for disposal FUD 815C has fairly recently had a new front bulkhead, rear chassis cross member and a refurbishment to the coach built body. It also has a current MOT certificate valid until 28/4/00. This vehicle has a 2 1/4 ltr petrol engine, as far as is know a good runner, and is believed to have covered 35,000 miles from new.

Bill Barnett,
Head of Personnel & Estate,
Institute of Hydrology

From: John Cranfield
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 13:15:37 -0400
Subject: Re: 109 "Roadless" land rover for sale at public auction

Roadless Traction was a company that made 4x4 and track conversions for Ford tractors in the 50s, 60s and 70s. During the 80s most tractor manufacturers made their own 4x4 versions of their tractors which spelled the end of the conversion business. There were a number of these companies such as County Comercial Cars, Doe, and Bray.

John and Muddy

L. Allison / 2000