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1983 Land Rover Series III Lightweight SOLD

Not for sale - it has been sold via a Car and Classic Free Ad
A superb example of this Cold War warrior, once used by the Royal Gurkha Rifles and one of the last built! You won’t see many other Lightweights this good. A previous owner spent thousands on it and I have the receipts to prove it.
The chassis is sound, having been cleaned and waxoyled. The rear cross member has been replaced, as have some outriggers. All body panels are straight. The 2.25 petrol engine is on the button.
This vehicle has been subtly modified to suit today’s driving conditions with a Fairey overdrive, unleaded cylinder head, parabolic leaf springs and freewheel front hubs. In my ownership in the last two years, I have installed a new Exmoor Trim hood, left hand petrol tank, fitted new Goodyear tyres and given it a Nato green and black paint job. I also fitted Powerspark electronic ignition which included a new distributor, plugs and leads.
There are seven seats (three in front and four in back). It has Nato tow hitch and plug. Everything works as it should and the MoT lasts until March 20, 2020. In 2023 the Lightweight will qualify for free road tax and won’t require an MoT test.
The odometer reads less than 37,000 miles. There is no way to prove this is genuine but as it spent most of its Army career either at storage depots or with the TA, it could be.
The Landy comes with its Army black and white registration plates and I’ll even throw in a British Army uniform!
Here are some more details:
Army designation: Truck Utility Half-ton 4x4 Rover Series Three. Army reg no: 84 KB 78
Service history:
22-12-1983 ¬¬ Joint Support Chain (Services), Ashchurch, Glos (storage depot)
14-10-1987 Support Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps, Vehicle, General Purpose stock
15-03-1993 3 Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, Church Crookham, Hants
23-05-1994 ¬ Support Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps, Vehicle, General Purpose stock
11-05-1995 ¬ ¬ 2 Battalion 52nd Lowland Volunteers, Headquarters, Edinburgh
28-10-1997 ¬ Cast off
The story of Lightweights:
In the early 1960s both the Royal Marines and the Army required a vehicle that could be carried by air. They had taken delivery of the Westland Wessex helicopter, which could carry an 1140 kg (2500 lb) load slung beneath. The smallest Land Rover available at the time was a Series IIA 88 inch wheelbase, which was too heavy. A new modification to the basic Series IIA was devised by making many body components easily detachable and removing many non-essential items. The result was the Land Rover Half-Ton, known widely as the Lightweight or Airportable.
To reduce weight sufficiently for the helicopters of the day to lift them in combat conditions, the tilt (roof) and sticks, the upper parts of the body, the doors and windscreen were removed, to be refitted later. The most significant change, however, was a reduction in width by 4 inch (100 mm), by redesigning the standard Series IIA axles and fitting shorter half-shafts, which meant it would fit on a standard pallet. Complete, the Lightweight IIA weighed 2,650 lb, heavier than a standard 88 Land Rover. The term Lightweight was, therefore, confusing.
The first Lightweight Series IIa production models were completed on 11 November 1968 and the Series III production started in 1972 and continued until 1984. Over 20 countries besides the British used the Lightweight. LHD models were used by the British Armed Forces in support of their NATO commitments. Many LHD models were used by the Dutch military and were predominantly fitted with diesel engines.
Length: 144.25 inches. Width: 60 inches. Wheelbase: 88 inches. Track: 51.5 inches
Engine: Rover 2.25 Petrol (standard fitment) , Rover 2.25 Diesel. Transmission: 9.5 inch Hydraulic clutch, 4-speed main gearbox, 2-speed transfer box, selectable with standard rear wheel drive or 4WD. Suspension: Live axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic telescopic dampers.
Steering: Recirculating ball. Worm-and-nut. Braking: Drums all around, mechanical parking brake on the transmission output shaft.
Any trial is welcome.
the details below

Ad Type For Sale
Category Military
Make Land Rover
Model Series 2
Year 1983
Mileage 37,000 miles
Country UK
Region Northamptonshire
Town Northampton
Status Private
Ref C1133848

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