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Motodrome offer this lovely 1968 example of the ever-popular Land Rover Series IIa, this one a late-period narrow-headlight model 88in 2.25 petrol soft top, finished in Mid Grey, which makes a refreshing change from Bronze Green or Marine Blue.
This one was rebuilt onto a Richards galvanised chassis in 2020-21
Aside from the galvanised chassis, this pretty example is fitted with:
- Parabolic springs
- Rocky mountain aluminium door tops
- Recent matching set of 5 750×16 tyres
- Wing mirrors
- Bonnet mounted spare wheel
- Recent new tilt
- Recent new Weber carburettor
- Electronic ignition
Inside it has
- 3 deluxe seats across the front
- Smiths round heater with windscreen demisters
- Modern inertia reel front seat belts with bulkhead mounted seat belt bar
- Twin rear bench seats making it a 7 seater
It’s fitted with a period-correct, 253-prefix 2.25 petrol engine, which is likely to be the original, and retains it’s original 1968 features including later-type steering wheel, single wiper motor, key start, flush headlamps and deep sill covers.
MILEAGE, HISTORY ETC
Whilst not a complete ‘nut and bolt’ restoration, as part of the fitment of the galvanised chassis, it was taken apart and rebuilt with new parts as necessary, including the fuel tank, radiator, ignition system, carburettor, braking system, and engine mounts. This isn’t an exhaustive list, just to give you a flavour of what’s been done that you can’t see in the photos.
Furthermore, in July 2023 the gearbox and transfer box were replaced – it runs the correct Series IIa gearbox with no synchromesh on 1st or 2nd gear. Rudimentary by modern standards, but a very, very strong gearbox.
Odometer reading 99000 miles, although the speedometer and odometer apparently stopped working just before it came to us. The photos show the old speedometer installed – we’ve just ordered a new one that’s geared to 750×16 tyres, and are awaiting delivery.
We have a large sheaf of bills back to 2000.
Having driven it on a 100 mile journey, including in heavy rush-hour London traffic, I can confirm that it drives exceptionally well for a Series, with a notably smooth and quiet engine, and effective brakes.
If you’re in the market for a nice example with the classic narrow-headlight look, but without the eye-watering price tag of a freshly nut and bolt restored one, you may well have found it!
Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find our usual 2 videos: a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions, which form part of the description.
Viewing by prior appointment.
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