1969 Lightweight (Air Portable) 3.9V8 automatic £23995

Motodrome offer for sale this rebuilt and quite stunning 1969 Land Rover Series IIa Lightweight (Air Portable), in 6 seater spec

1969 Land Rover  Lightweight (Air Portable) 3.9V8 automatic  for sale at motodrome the classic land rover specialists


This one was rebuilt to the last owner’s specification in 2017-18 by a specialist, including the fitting of Rover V8 3.9 power mated to automatic transmission, along with viscous centre diff and power steering, and has seen minimal use since.

Having been converted and uprated, it’s not for the Lightweight purists, but they can’t all be as they left military service. This one, especially with it’s gleaming Royal Blue paintwork, leather interior and road-biased tyres, may be more at home frightening Jeeps in the Kings Road rather than up to it’s axles in mud, but it’s the sort of Lightweight I would have liked to have built a few years ago.

Military-spec wise it still retains it’s correct  front bumper, bridge plate, narrow stubaxles, and military rollbar, but otherwise has been thoroughly civilianised with swingaway spare wheel carrier, side-opening tailgate,and new Exmoor Trim hood.

Inside, it has twin Exmoor Trim Elite Mk2 heated seats in the front, twin rear benches, and XL centre cubby box, all trimmed in matching bespoke leather, together with bulkhead removal bar giving ample room for the more generously-proportioned driver, and woodrim steering wheel.


Odometer reading 75000 miles, although this should be taken as incorrect as I’m told the speedo has been replaced. As far as we’re aware, it’s covered less than 300 miles since being restored.

Whilst, because of it’s age, it could theoretically qualify for MOT exemption, as both the engine and gearbox are not as they were when new, I’d say it’s ‘substantially altered’ for MOT purposes, hence we will be supplying it with a fresh 12M MOT on sale.

It does however qualify for historic tax exemption

I doubt you’ll find another Lightweight that looks as good as this, and importantly performs as well as this one – it sounds superb. However, if you want one that slavishly adheres to it’s spec when new, it’s not for you.

At the very bottom of the page, you’ll find our usual 2 videos: a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions,