Lot 004: Land Rover Series 2A
Land Rovers have now become such a common sight on Britain's roads that it is hard to imagine life without them. However, the world had somehow struggled along without these go-anywhere marvels until Maurice Wilks had a bright idea in 1947.
Taking a war surplus American Jeep as his inspiration, the Rover chief designer messed around with prototypes on his farm in Anglesey until he perfected the vehicle that was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. The Series I gave way to the more sophisticated Series II in 1958, the Series IIA getting a larger more powerful engine along the way. The Series III arrived in 1971, and was the last of the Land-Rover line to mirror almost exactly the design of the original, subsequent examples getting soft coil springs and fancy overhead valves.
The original design is still relevant today, not only for being one of the few 4x4s to have a genuine 3 � tonne towing capacity, but also offering superior off road capabilities to most of its modern counterparts, simple rugged and reliable performance and a parts back up service bar none, with everything available at a very modest cost.
This 1966 example was purchased by the vendor in 2008. It has proved to be totally reliable and an instant starter from cold. Fitted with an aftermarket Weber carburetor, the engine has plenty of power, is very smooth and doesn't issue blue smoke or use any oil like so many older Series Land-Rovers.
Fitted with an overdrive unit which works perfectly and free wheeling hubs, it also has the less common split tailgate. A tow bar and working electrics mean that the car is ready for work, and is MOT'd until December 2012. Another 14 old MOTs show the mileage accumulation from 1995. At some time in its past a previous owner has tried to bring the look of the vehicle more up to date. Series III headlights have been fitted, as has a later plastic grille which covers the original central headlight panel. A good, straight pair of wings and a correct steel mesh grille to the original pattern are supplied along with the car, the vendor never having had the chance to fit them. At some point a replacement rear � chassis and cross member have been fitted, the rest of the chassis remaining in sound original condition albeit with some signs of patching. Externally the bulk-head is in good, sound condition, although it will require some patching to the foot wells at some point in the future.
Cheap to insure, run and exempt from tax, this is the perfect tool to have at hand for bad weather, trips to the tip or for pulling that heavy trailer. With the supplied parts fitted it would definitely fall into the shabby chic category and be a useful asset in any garage.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
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|Engine capacity (cc)||2286|
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