Classic for sale: 1979 Land Rover Series III

Think you’ve been priced out of classic Land Rover ownership? You have clearly overlooked the humble Series III. Here’s a cracker from our classifieds...

While earlier Land Rover models now change hands for eye-watering amounts of money, arguably the greatest incarnation of them all is still attainable for those on a budget. The Land Rover Series III may stem from the decade taste ignored, but it still remains the ultimate in egalitarian style. It's why David Beckham has one, alongside celebrity owners Jim Carrey and Sylvester Stallone.

The Land Rover once beloved by farmers, military personnel and emergency services has long been overlooked by collectors and enthusiasts alike, instead worked into the ground and ragged to death by those with little mechanical sympathy.

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However, the marketplace is currently awakening to the concept that the Series III is, arguably, the best classic Land Rover out there. It may not provide the sheer utilitarian charm of the original Series I, or swinging-60s appeal of the II/IIA, but it does offer a near-acceptable blend of rugged Land Rover charisma and ease of modern use.

Unlike its predecessors, the Series 3's gearbox is fully synchromesh and the cabin layout is more user-friendly. There are fewer sharp edges and wind noise can almost be described as acceptable. As an entry point into classic 4x4 ownership, nothing can touch Solihull’s third incarnation – and we’ve got the perfect example here.

From the classifieds

Supplied new on 10 April 1979 by Wadham Stringer in Somerset, this healthy example has had only five previous owners, all of whom clearly treasured it. While the classifieds can often yield over-priced, barely running examples, this largely original specimen will pull at the heartstrings – and probably your wallet, too.

Finished in Marine Blue, the Land Rover has covered 56,000 miles and, remarkably, the bodywork is almost flawless, with the original paint free from blemishes.

Even more astonishing is the chassis, completely original bar one outrigger – proof that, with care and attention, these vehicle’s laugh in the face of time’s onward march. The interior, headlining and vinyl seating are all in great condition too.

Under the bonnet, Land Rover’s trademark 2.25-litre petrol engine runs without misfire or cause for concern. Fluid levels are where they should be, whereas oil leaks are at a minimum. You must remember, even the last-of-the-line 2016 Defenders had oil leaks...

Solid and original Series IIIs are now in short supply, so many having fallen foul of rust, mistreatment and inappropriate modifications. Values used to be practically worthless, but good examples can now command a hefty premium – yet unlike other models from the Land Rover stable, the premium doesn’t push asking prices out of reach for those of us in the real world.

How to buy it!

This classic workhorse isn’t a private sale or being sold through the usual dealer network. Instead, you have to a very limited time to register interest before it sells during an online auction. Get a closer look with the AutoClassics classified advert.

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