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Old May 28th, 2014, 03:37 PM
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Camel Trophy Find?

Over the past 3 years I have had several people tell me about a "Mustard Yellow land Rover with Camel cigarette stickers on it that is just like mine". When I ask them where it is located, they all gave me the same general area. I have spent more time than I will admit in public looking for this truck.

Last weekend another guy at AutoZone told me the same tale and insisted he had seen it there in the past few weeks. I pulled out my phone, opened google maps and had him show me where. Today I made yet another trip to look for the truck in the new area about a mile away from the old hunting grounds.

This is what I found. Not sure if there is any chance this may be legit, but I am confident the experts on this board will help me sort this out.

No one was home and i plan to make a trip up to see them again this weekend.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Damn! looks legit AND unloved!

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Old May 28th, 2014, 03:55 PM
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Intriguing, will be interesting to see what you find if you get a chance to talk to the owner and crawl around it a bit-looks like someone either found, or attempted to replicate, a 110 support vehicle. Since they were used from 84 on (with some exceptions) it may be tougher to prove its provenience easily-so to speak-but shouldn't be impossible.

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Old May 28th, 2014, 04:09 PM
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You should have captured the VIN and sent it off to the CT club.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 10:12 PM
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I plan to make another trip this weekend and hope to meet the owner. I didn't want to crawl around the truck when no one was home.

Other than the vin and looking at the overall condition. Any tips on what to look for?

Is there a tal tale sign that this is a trophy truck?

Thanx for all the help.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 10:17 PM
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Make sure you check the vin on the chassis too. Just, well....just because otherwise I don't think is an easy way to tell as it is easy to make a Shamel truck. The VIN will hold the answers you seek.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 11:03 PM
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Cool find, Kraig.
The truck obviously hasn't been moved in a year or four...


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Old May 29th, 2014, 11:21 PM
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Going with a clone. I am not 100% on the early - mid 80s support trucks, but it has a bunch of things that say to me it is a clone.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:56 AM
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Cool find.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 07:03 AM
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Ron could be right. Could be a clone.
But it's got good patina!
Find out more!

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Old May 30th, 2014, 08:05 AM
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I hope it's real..

But it looks almost too straight!!!
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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:02 AM
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I can't imagine that support vehicles would have been LHD?
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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:11 AM
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I can't imagine that support vehicles would have been LHD?
Some were.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Good sleuthing, Kraig! Looking to add another Rover to the fleet?
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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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While the bumper/brush guard and snorkel all look correct for early CT 110, the one piece doors are wrong for that era.
CT did use 110 HD as work shop/support vehicles. Early snorkels were set up like this one, then later they went through the hood, later still, threw the side vent.
The Roof rack looks brownchurch like, but I think all CT vehicle racks were black.
Tow hitch is typical UK/EEC style tow. CT had a Dixon bate bolted to the crossmember.
110s I've seen also had the side lockers.
I put this in the nice clone category. If the $$ are right, useful to have.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 10:20 AM
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I can't imagine that support vehicles would have been LHD?
Wasnt it dependent upon the driver?
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:30 AM
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Like Ron, I really leaned towards it being a clone at first. But, I see some things that lead me to believe it could be an original. If it is a clone, they paid close attention to certain details on the truck.

Great story BTW! I look forward to your next update!
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Wasnt it dependent upon the driver?
No, depending on country but support trucks sometimes went to multiple events.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:12 PM
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Nice find!!!

I think you got to many cars though, and should give me the adress...)
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Old May 31st, 2014, 07:52 AM
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Nice find!!!

I think you got to many cars though, and should give me the adress...)
I have been to your "barn", you have no shortage of rovers or space.
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