1978 | T Registered | 2.25 Petrol (3MB) | 4 Speed Manual | Fairey Overdrive | Freewheeling Hubs | Deep Bronze Green with New Khaki Hood | Replacement Chassis
1978 ‘Regular’ model on a replacement, original spec. chassis. 2.25l 4cyl 3 main bearing petrol engine with Zenith carb, coupled to a 4spd manual transmission with Fairey Overdrive. Fairey Freewheeling Hubs. 5 x refurbished LWB steel wheels with matching set of 235/85R16 radial Enduro AT tyres. Tow hitch with electrics. Rear reverse lights. Deluxe vinyl seats up front, bench seats rear. Front and rear mats. Brand new Exmoor Trim Khaki hood and matching door storage pockets. Cassette/FM radio. Dash mounted WW2 aircraft altimeter and clock. Recently serviced, ready for summer.
The Series III was launched in 1971, and didn’t change a great deal from the Series IIA that preceded it. It is still the type of classic Land Rover that features strongly in the general public's perception of the Land Rover, and its shape was carried right through from the Series II to the most recent Defender, which only this year has ceased production after its long 67 year life span. Upgrades from the Series IIA included a full synchromesh gearbox, new dashboard with integral heater and instrument cluster and radiator grille.
This charming example is a ‘Regular’ short wheel base, first registered on 1st August 1978 (soon to be ‘tax exempt’) and has lived in the Cumbrian Dales for many of its recent years. The silky smooth ‘two and a quatre’ petrol engine starts very readily, settling into a quiet tick over, and pulls very strongly cruising at 60-65mph on the level happily thanks to its larger radial tyres and overdrive. All the gears select perfectly and the low range and four wheel drive select as they should. The brakes are also nice and strong, bringing the vehicle up to a stop nice and straight. On road or off it, the vehicle is very capable and willing.
The vehicle has been well cared for over the years, and has been stripped down in the past for partial refurbishment onto a brand new steel chassis. Therefore there are no welding repairs to the frame, nor any to worry about in the future since it has been undersealed. The bulkhead is believed to be original, and has had minor repairs to the footwells to an excellent standard. The swivels and axles are good, and the leaf springs are still nice and supple giving a good ride. The body work is nice and straight, we believe the wings have been replaced at some point as there is a slight mismatch in the shades of green on some panels, but this adds to the ‘patina’ and rural-charm of the vehicle, rather than a vehicle you’d have to be delicate with.
The interior is in good condition; with a full set of black vinyl ‘Deluxe’ front seats and bench seats in the rear with a couple of small tears and marks here and there. There are two, three point seats belts in the front, and one lap belt per bench seat in the back. All the electricals work as they should, with a working heater and cassette/FM radio (haven’t checked the cassette function… we don’t own any!), plus the ‘special feature’ on the dash… a British WW2 aircraft altimeter! There is a matching time clock alongside, but this unfortunately doesn’t work.
This lovely authentic classic Land Rover would make a great investment, whilst at the same time can be used and enjoyed. Taking the kids and dog to the beach in the summer with the hood off, getting up hill and down dale in the winter, or just to the shops or the tip with the garden rubbish… these vehicles are so versatile that you can almost use them for anything, at any time of the year.
The odometer reads 96,752 at present, and the vehicle is MoT’d until 17th May 2018 with no advisories. If you are interested in this vehicle, please do get in touch – we’d be happy to help!
We have described the vehicle as accurately as we can, but please take your time looking through the photos. Viewing is most welcome, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. All funds must be cleared before the vehicle can be taken away. We are happy to take deposits to reserve vehicles, however this is non-refundable fee agreed on point of sale, and is valid for 7 days at which point the full balance must be settled and collection or delivery arranged.
The vehicle must be collected from our premises on the outskirts of Chester. We can also arrange UK delivery by trailer if you so require.
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