1971 | K Registered | 2.25 Diesel (5MB) | 4 Speed Manual | Fairey Overdrive | Khaki Green | 12 Volt | Fully Restored on Galvanised Chassis
1971 ‘Half Ton’ Air Portable model on new galvanised chassis. 2.25l 4cyl diesel engine, coupled to a 4spd manual transmission with Fairey Overdrive. 5 x matching wheels with 205/80R16 radial mud tyres. Halogen headlights. Rear reverse light. Hand held spotlamp. Additional gauges plus 12v socket and battery cut off. Black vinyl seats. Front and rear rubber mats. Brand new Exmoor Trim Khaki hood. Ready to use and enjoy.
In the early 1960s the British Armed Forces required a vehicle that could be carried by air. They had taken delivery of the Westland Wessex helicopter, which could carry a 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) load slung beneath. The smallest Land Rover available at the time was a Series IIA 88 inch which was too heavy. In 1965, Land Rover began work on a lightweight version to fit the specifications. The result was the Land Rover Half-Ton, known widely as the Lightweight or Airportable, which had a reduced weight with the lift off bodywork removed and a 4 inch width reduction allowing it to fit side by side inside of the cargo aircraft of the time.
This example was built on 21st December 1971, and was dispatched to the Central Vehicle Depot in Ashchurch in January 1972, where it was later sent to serve with the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment registered as ‘61 FK 45’. After a tour of duty including some prestigious Royal regiments, the vehicle was finally ‘disposed’ in January 1983 and registered with the DVLA on 26th September 1983 - later with a non-transferrable age related plate meaning the vehicle could become tax exempt.
The engine is a ‘two and a quatre’ diesel engine, retrofitted at some point in civilian hands as the British Lightweights were only ever fitted with petrols… however Dutch army versions were all diesel. After a few seconds on the glow plug switch at the beginning of the day, the engine fires into life readily, with a bit of smoke that clears once it has reached operating temperature. On the road, it pulls nicely cruising at 50mph happily thanks an additional overdrive unit, which works quietly. All the gears select perfectly and the low range and four wheel drive select as they should. On the down change, double de-clutching is required on second and first due to these units lacking synchromesh on those two gears, and to bring the vehicle up to a stop, the brakes pull up straight very well indeed. It is a very capable vehicle on the road, and equally off it where these vehicles excel.
The vehicle was stripped down for full refurbishment by the previous owner, with many parts replaced for new. The chassis was replaced with a new galvanised unit, making for a very strong sturdy frame with no corrosion issues to worry about in the future. The bulkhead is believed to be original, and is in superb condition having had all necessary repairs carried out. The body work is very straight with has been resprayed in the correct khaki green, and a matching new canvas tilt finishes it off. The second fuel tank (as fitted to military Land Rovers) under the driver’s seat is not operational, instead having been converted into a tool box/under seat storage bin.
The interior is in good condition; with three new black vinyl front seats, two of which are fitted with 4-point safety harnesses. All the electrical items and gauges work as they should, with a working heater to keep things toasty in the colder weather, and additional gauges help keep an eye on what the engine is doing. A 12v socket is also provided on the dashboard allowing modern gadgets such as satnavs, phones etc. to be charged with no problems. All the military equipment such as convoy lighting has been removed to make civilian life much easier! Rubber floor mats are provided front and rear keeping muddy boots off the paintwork below, which provides “an element of luxury” compared to the bare metal it had in the army! Some minor light scratches are present on the floor panels from before the mats were fitted.
This well restored classic Land Rover would make a great investment, whilst at the same time can be used and enjoyed. These vehicles are so versatile that you can almost use them for anything, at any time of the year. The odometer reads 35213 at present (we cannot verify this to be genuine or not), and the vehicle is MoT’d until 17th February 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 near Church Stretton, Shrewsbury. We can also arrange UK delivery by trailer if you so require.
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