V8-Powered 1957 Land Rover Series 7 Pickup

One of my dearest friends is a guy named Ben, and at one point, he was very into owning British cars and trucks. During this time, we’d often discuss installing an American-built V8 engine into one of his vehicles, due to the appeal of cheap power and maintenance – something that certainly isn’t synonymous with British vehicle ownership. Seeing these swaps is always a delight, and this 1957 Land Rover Series 7 that is here on eBay is yet another UK model with a heart from the USA.

This Land Rover is available in Nampa, Idaho with a clear title, and the seller claims it was a recent barn find. The prior owner was an elderly Idaho man who took care of it and drove it until he passed away. Supposedly, the previous owner claimed that the truck could “climb trees,” but the seller will not guarantee this claim.

Under the hood, you’ll find a small block Chevrolet engine, though the seller has not been able to verify if it is either a 283 cubic inch or 350 cu.-in. unit. The engine pairs to a 4-speed manual transmission and a two-stick transfer case. Fortunately, the swap runs well and also drives.

The interior of this truck is about as basic as they come, but it does have a very neat 8 Ball shifter. Unfortunately, the cabin is the reason for this truck’s sale – the current owner realized that after purchasing, they were far too tall to comfortably enjoy its quarters.

At the time of this article being written, bidding for this unique truck is at $5,000 with the reserve not met. Would you take a chance on this V8 swapped Land Rover, or is it not your cup of tea?

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  1. Derek

    Series 7, y’say…? Hmm…

    • morton

      Yeah i’d say series 1……..

  2. Redwagon

    I’m out.

  3. Chuckster

    I would hate to see any vehicle he did not take care of


    What’s up with the head and taillights? I’ve seen those kind of taillights on street rods, can’t remember the maker.

    • BR

      ’50 – ’51 Buick.

      • Lance

        Not quite. You’re close though. They’re 58 Chevy.

  5. h5mind

    The lawn edging as fender flares is a classy accessory.

  6. Tony T

    Chuckster …. <>


  7. CRM Member

    Ain’t nuthin you cain’t ruin by droppin’ in a small block Chevy….

  8. Trevor

    No undercarriage photos? Also how is that fan not hitting the radiator? Wow

  9. ben

    The frame is aluminum which has a habit of rotting. The wiring looks scary among other things. I would run away.

    • RivaDella

      Not really alu, the frames are steel, AND THEY RUST!!! Often and in many places…..the “bulkhead” is one of the most common spots; and they are available from many suppliers, as are entire frames. The body panels are mostly alu…..
      But yes, runaway from this one is good advice (esp at this price!!)
      PS: do love the taillights…..why didn’t I think of those?

  10. Sidedraught

    Wouldnt be hard to put this right cosmetically, have it looking like a nice little series 1, but keep the V8, I would buy this if it were close to me.

  11. meme

    This not a series 1 or a series 7 its a late model series II. series 1 did not have headlights on the fenders.

  12. Andrew Petruczenko

    Its a Series 1. The lights in the fenders are an addition they made. You can see the vestiges of the lights in the breakfast (radiator support panel).

    Straight up panels without the hip bulge is the dead giveaway on a S1.

    • david

      really? i thought they only made that addition on series 2s

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