It’ss with a heavy heart that I am putting my beloved “Junior” up for sale as I am starting a family and I lost the battle with the grumpy-half to keep him (sorry Junior has always felt like a “him” to me).
I am completely biased but will also try and be as honest as possible (if I say “it’s like the day it rolled off the production line” you won’t believe me anyway..!) BUT, this Landy is epic and never fails to put a smile on my face and get me from A to B in style. He never lets me down and if anything has needed to be done I’ve got it done at my local Series Land Rover Specialist mechanic including a new Head Gasket a year ago just in case. I’m sure he say the same to everyone but he tells me he loves it too!
So, the basics – Junior is a 1968 Land Rover Series 2a SWB 88 inch with a 2.25ltr petrol (yes unleaded petrol… streets ahead of Land Rover Diesels, sorry!) with some of the interior creature comforts of a Series 3 i.e. you don’t feel like you’re sat on a wooden crate! It’s had a series 3 face lift in the grill and bonnet etc. Major bonuses include his very solid and rust free galvanised chassis, his freewheeling front hubs and his overdrive which means he can handle modern traffic so much better than my past Landies. He’s only done 78,000 miles!
Junior is now Tax and MOT exempt but I did have a pre MOT assessment carried out at the beginning of March and the only work needed was a replacement indicator stork as the horn button was worn. I did notice there was a slight slip in 1st so I went a little over the top and had a whole new clutch put in but I prefer to deal with things up front.
It’s Nato Green with contrasting cream roof and wheels, black vinyl Interior and Series 3 front seats & dash. It has a towbar and good tyres, including one on the bonnet, where a spare should be off course!
So I said I would be honest and here it is… he isn’t show room! Yup, he is matt NATO green and no amount of polish will make that gleam! But that’s how I like my Land Rovers! I had defender door locks fitted and now much more secure and don’t suffer from the “popping” issue a lot of Series have but you do have to give the doors a slam to close. Probably a slight alignment would fix but who has the time?! He also marks his territory with a few drops here and there but any Landy that doesn’t has an owner that doesn’t check it’s fluids religiously! Erm… that really is it to be honest. He’s an honest solid little land rover that, if treated right, really will go on and on and I SO wish that was with me.
Lucky buyer will get both keys, the V5 etc and all receipts / papers I have… I’ll even throw in my Haynes manual and my box of new/old bits I have taken off or planned to replace – gear leaver gators etc. So Land Rovers are great in the winter but here comes the summer. Grab a number 13 spanner, undo a dozen bolts and go topless… there is NO better feeling you can get away with in public!!
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