1980 | X Registered | 2.5 NA Diesel | 4 Speed Manual with Fairey Overdrive | Galvanised Chassis | Marine Blue with Limestone Hard Top | MOT’d until 10th November 2017
1980 model, with replacement galvanised chassis. Later, 2.5l naturally aspirated 4cyl diesel engine coupled to a 4spd manual transmission with Fairey Overdrive. Parabolic springs all round, servo assisted brakes. Take-off Defender steel wheels with 7.50xR16 Michelin all terrain tyres. Dixon Bate adjustable tow bar. Many new parts fitted, including a full rewire of front end with electric radiator fan. Rear reverse and fog light. Brand new ‘Deluxe’ blue vinyl seats up front. Rear bench seats. Front and rear rubber mats. Comes fully serviced, ready for work, play of both!
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, and later in 1980, two speed wipers, fog lamp, strengthened axles and wheel hubs and an updated, steering damper, 5 main bearing, higher compression engine for a small increase in power.
This particular model is your typical Marine Blue ‘Hard Top’ short wheel base (88”) model with limestone wheels and roof panels. It is fitted with the later 2.5 NA diesel (same as early and military coil sprung models, Sherpa vans and London taxis) which fires up easily after a few seconds on the glow plugs, and is ready and willing on the road, cruising at 50-55mph happily thanks to the very desirable Fairey Overdrive unit and slight extra ‘grunt’ over the 2.25 engines. The gearbox works well (apart from 2nd gear popping out on the overrun), the low range and four wheel drive work as they should, and the brakes pull the vehicle up to a stop nice and straight. On road or off it, the vehicle is very capable and comfortable with its parabolic springs and all terrain tyres. The previous owner used the Landy for long a long commute from Lancaster to Glasgow each week!
The vehicle has been rebuilt onto a galvanised chassis, meaning its underpinnings are structurally sound with no rust or welding to worry about. The bulkhead isn’t as good as the chassis having had repairs carried out to the footwells, and there are some signs of small areas of filler on the top areas near the vent flaps… however it is sound enough to last a few years. The body work is straight and generally dent free, it has been repainted at some point with a brush/roller but is presentable enough for a working vehicle. The interior is good with brand new front seats in a fetching blue vinyl with black piping and brand new front and rear floor mats. We replaced the front radiator panel for a refurbished one and all three doors for good solid ones with new removable door tops. At the same time, the wiring was gone through by our auto electrician and replaced where necessary, so all electrical items operate as they should.
This old Land Rover would make a good investment that can be used on the farm or smallholding, summer trips to the seaside with the surf boards, fetching logs in the winter with the trailer… or many other things for that matter, these vehicles are extremely versatile.
The odometer reads 20,351 at present (we cannot verify this to be genuine or not), and the vehicle is MoT’d until 10th Nov 2017. If you are interested in this vehicle, please do get in touch – we’d be happy to help! If you prefer a full canvas hood, or hard top roof options, we can convert it over for you to suit your preferences as well as any other extra changes you might like.
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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