Land Rover Series III
This is a wonderful example of a genuinely original, unrestored and unmolested Land Rover with a documented 45,500 miles from new. Perfectly usable in modern traffic, given some discreet improvements to make for a more comfortable drive, or as part of a collection. It is very difficult to find an example that hasn’t suffered from misuse, rust or unsightly additions and modifications. Originally owned by the Ministry of Agriculture it was then sold to a large country farming estate in Oxfordshire where it was used as the owners principle transport around the estate. Throughout her 40 years maintenance has clearly been rigorous and there is a thick history file to support this from franchised Land Rover dealers, various specialists and there are also letters between owners, verification of mileage, old MOTs and a report from the DVLA listing all the owners from new. Small things such as fitment of a genuine Jaguar/Land Rover battery show corners and costs have not been cut. A thorough inspection of every item, system and moving part has been made, adjusted and serviced. It needs nothing. It is clear the vehicle has been stored inside it’s entire life. This is reflected in the condition of the whole vehicle but quite uniquely there has been no welding at any time to the chassis.
The original 2.25 engine is in fine condition and pull’s well in every gear. The addition of a Farey overdrive and larger 7.50 tyre make steady cruising at 60mph + easily achievable. The braking system has been upgraded with a brake servo from a later Series 3 (originally the brakes had no assistance) and the whole braking system has been serviced and stops the vehicle as you would expect from a modern car.
The suspension has benefited from the fitment of Rocky Mountain parabolic springs and shock absorbers which almost bring the ride quality into this century and make a vast improvement.
The wheels are from a modern 110 so tubeless tyres are fitted being Michelin XZL’s in 7.50 x 16. The wheel rims have been professionally powered coated in the correct period colour.
All fluids have been changed, gear selection is smooth and tight. The vehicle drives probably better than when new but it is important to note nothing has been changed that cannot be returned to completely original if so desired.
In addition to the above mechanical works, some items have added to make life with this classic more usable. Original style deluxe seats have been fitted (with correct leather tabs) recently. A period radio has been fitted and modified to accept Bluetooth connectivity (hidden) in a period correct British Leyland housing. Discreet speakers fitted under the dash so you can listen to Radio 4 or stream music from your phone as you drive to the pub or a shoot. Modern headlamps and bulbs have been fitted. Front seat belt mounts have been installed to fit in with the galvanised hood hoops, and look factory. The tailgate has been fitted with a factory looking galvanised hinge system that allows the tailgate to swing open like a door or drop down as original. This makes loading dogs and people so much easier.
One of the most lovely aspects of this Land Rover is the irreplaceable patina that is so charming with just the right level of wear to all the surfaces from years of passing hands and feet (and brambles and trees) that is visible all over the vehicle. There are marks, dents, worn through paint and scratches all over the body. Each panel tells a story. As the pictures show the paint shines up very respectably, and to my mind is the perfect condition for an old Land Rover. I believe it is mainly original paint though some touching up has obviously been done.
We believe this to be one of the most original and certainly one of the most charming Series Land Rovers available on the market.